Schoharie
7:33 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Cops: Ex-NY town official stole 8K gals. of fuel

State police have charged a former highway superintendent for an upstate New York town with stealing thousands of gallons in municipal diesel fuel and using it for his own vehicles. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details.

Investigators say they believe 54-year-old Harry Beninati may have stolen more than 8,000 gallons of fuel from the rural Schoharie  County town of Wright before he left office in January.

Police say Beninati directed town highway department employee's to stop filling out fuel logs in order to conceal the thefts. Beninati has been charged with falsifying business records, official misconduct and petit larceny.

He was issued an appearance ticket. Beninati has refused to comment on the charges.

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