Chittenango Chief of Police accused of double dipping time sheets

The Chittenango Chief of Police was arrested Monday for allegedly submitting time sheets that overlapped periods of time between his jobs.

Jeffrey Paul, 53, of Canastota, is the Chittenango Chief of Police and also a part-time Deputy Sheriff with Madison County.

Paul is facing two felony counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

The Madison County Sheriffâ??s Office says Paul submitted official time sheets for both positions, Chief of Police and part-time Deputy Sheriff, which included overlapping periods of time that he conducted work for both agencies, and his personal business.

"It's been difficult to investigate and now prosecute what you might say is one of your own however both the Sheriff's department and this office look very closely at official misconduct and the betrayal of public trust," said Madison County District Attorney William Gabor

The arrest stems from a 13 month investigation, including the execution of search warrants last week at the Village of Chittenango Police Department, Chittenango Village Offices, and the Paul Funeral Home in the Town of Brookfield.

The Madison County Sheriffâ??s Office says Paul has been relieved of his duties with the Village of Chittenango and the Sheriffâ??s Office.

Gabor says he's working towards getting restitution of the money Paul allegedly double billed taxpayers for.

"Although I can't give you specifics, I would say it would be a fair statement to say he has acknowledged some of his behavior and there are certain things we will be looking for as a resolution to this case," said Gabor.

Paul is charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing, a felony. Paul pleaded not guilty to one of the charges at his arraignment in the Town of Lenox Court on Monday and released on his own recognizance. Paul will be arraigned later on the other charge.

Paul was issued an appearance ticket for a second felony charged and is due in the Village Chittenango Court at a later date.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)