An engineer for the New York Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has admitted to using thousands of dollars of a road reconstruction project’s budget to buy things for his own personal use. Thanks to his plea deal, he won’t spend a single day in prison.
Jerome Lauzon, 45, worked for the NYSDOT. From 2012 through 2017, he was the Engineer in Charge of a road reconstruction project in Washington County, NY, worth $10.5 million. The FHWA provided 80% of the funding for the project.
According to the Department of Justice, while Lauzon oversaw the project, he had employees of the contractor who was working the job purchase over $17,000 worth of goods and services for his own personal use. They included car repairs, a laptop computer, a home entertainment system, a snowblower, and more. All of the expenses were improperly logged as legitimate project expenses.
As part of his plea agreement, Lauzon admitted to falsifying expense entries and asking contractor employees to make the purchases for him. He had already been ordered to pay over $17,000 in restitution, and now he has been ordered to serve one year of probation.
No other criminal charges have been brought in the case.