DA SINI: BROOKHAVEN TOWN EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING MORE THAN 500 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL FROM TOWN FACILITY
(HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the arrest of a Town of Brookhaven employee for allegedly stealing more than 500 gallons of diesel fuel from Town fuel facilities since August 2015.
Daniel Curtin, 50, of Wading River, was arrested yesterday and charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree as a Public Corruption Offense, a D felony; Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, an E felony; and Official Misconduct, an A misdemeanor.
“We will not tolerate the theft of public funds or government property for someone’s own personal use,” District Attorney Sini said. “I thank the Town of Brookhaven for bringing this matter to my Office’s attention and continuing to partner with us to protect taxpayers.”
Curtin, who is employed as a foreman for the Town of Brookhaven’s Highway Department, was issued a 2012 Ford pick-up truck by the Town to be used for official business and to transport him to and from work. Curtin was permitted to obtain unleaded gasoline for the truck at various Town fuel facilities. Curtin’s duties and responsibilities did not require any use of diesel fuel.
Curtin is alleged to have stolen a total of 510.40 gallons of diesel fuel, which he was not permitted to take, from Town facilities on 75 separate occasions between Aug. 8, 2015, and Jan. 2, 2019. The fuel had a total value of $1,023.50.
The investigation revealed that Curtin was allegedly using the fuel for a heater in the garage of his house.
The case was referred to the District Attorney’s Office by Town of Brookhaven officials. Curtin has been an employee of the Town for approximately 29 years.
If convicted of the top count, Curtin faces a maximum sentence of two and one-third to seven years in prison.
Curtin was arraigned on the charges yesterday by Suffolk County District Court Judge Gaetan B. Lozito and was released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court on June 18.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kevin Ward, of the Public Integrity Bureau.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.