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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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