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June 13, 2014

10 more charges filed against highway chief

Malone Highway superintendent facing 11 counts of misconduct

MALONE — Highway Superintendent Thomas Shanty is facing 10 more misconduct charges for allegedly using town employees and equipment for work at his house and camp.

He now faces a total of 11 counts of official misconduct.

Shanty was suspended with pay on May 21 following his initial misconduct arrest for allegedly using a town vehicle fueled by town-purchased gasoline to drive to Akwesasne more than a dozen times between 2011 and 2013 to buy cigarettes.

NEW CHARGES

In the latest charges, prosecutors said Shanty:

• Ordered the Highway Department’s welder/mechanic to work on jobs for private citizens while the employee was on duty and being paid by the town.

• Used gasoline purchased by the town for his personal use.

• Ordered a department employee to take materials out of a town truck and deliver them on town time to Shanty’s home.

• Ordered an employee to use a town vehicle on town-paid time to take barrels from the County Highway Department and deliver them to Shanty’s hunting camp.

• Ordered an employee to work on a carpentry project at Shanty’s home on town time, using town-owned carpentry materials and equipment.

• Ordered an employee to use town money to buy a set of clippers at a cost of more than $100, which Shanty took home for his own use.

• Ordered an employee being paid by the town to do a personal welding project for Shanty during work hours.

• Ordered an employee to do personal plumbing work at Shanty’s home, with the highway superintendent giving the person a ride to and from the job in a town-owned vehicle.

• Ordered an employee on town time to work on lawn-mower parts for Shanty’s personal machine, using town-owned materials.

• Ordered equipment to replace fully functional Highway Department equipment, then took the replaced equipment home for his personal use.

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