Allegations of fraud, theft being investigated in Marcellus Town Highway Department

The Marcellus Highway Department is the focus of at least two investigations. One involves the mysterious disappearance, and reclaiming of, metal light poles.

Whistleblowers within the department insist the problems have been occuring for years.

"There's a lot of hidden things that the taxpayers don't know," said Rick Frost, who went on a medical leave from his job with the department in April.

because of the work environment. "It started a while back with chainsaws coming up missing, time card fraud, and just a whole lot of things." Frost said employees also used town equipment to complete side jobs.

The Marcellus Town Board hired an outside human resources firm from the Albany area to investigate the personnel allegations.

Board Members expressed their frustrations with the length of the investigation - ongoing for several months - but want to make sure they make an educated decision.

"This isn't a case where we're trying to pick sides or anything like that," said board member John Scanlon. "We want to make sure that everybody's voice is heard."

The Board has referred all criminal allegations to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, and met with members of the department last week.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's office confirmed to CNY Central that it was called in last week to investigate the allegations. Investigators say, at this point, they do not have any evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

The Board was scheduled to go into executive session on Monday night to discuss the findings of the outside investigation. Town Attorney James Gascon said he anticipated changes would be made as a result of the meeting.

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