Janitor Scams New York City For Years

A New York City high school janitor who used city money to buy himself thousands of dollars worth of household goods including toilet paper and soap has been fined $20,000.

The city's Conflicts of Interest Board said Monday the fine on Gerard O'Brien is the highest it's ever imposed. The fine also covers charges O'Brien used custodial staff to perform work on his home, including painting and installing shelves.

The panel says the 30-year municipal employee used the city's money to buy laundry detergent, tissues, hand soap, paint, light bulbs and weed killer. It says he falsified invoices to cover his tracks.

O'Brien admits running the scam for several years.


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  • by Justin Location: Greenville on May 11, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    Is their really nothing else the authorities can be working on other that a guy snatching some T.P.? Murder, drugs, rape? I guess it's not as important as this.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville on May 11, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    lol. thats hilarious. He has such a lame job and low pay, let him have the stuff and keep his money.
  • by A.B. Location: Queens on May 11, 2009 at 03:03 AM
    What's wrong with that, it's the American way.
  • by Tax money problems on May 10, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    It's sad to say but truth be told this happens in every town and city in America. I hope they can find and do something about these problems, and scammers.
  • by Genie Location: Gville on May 10, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    That guy should have the cleanest home in town. He really cleaned up!
  • by Jakx Location: Greenville on May 10, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    He was really cleaning up.
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