Lenox (WSYR-TV) – The Chittenango Village Police chief has retired after being arraigned on charges that he billed his department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office for hours he was actually working at his personal business.
Jeffrey Paul, 53, had been serving as a county sheriff’s deputy along with Chittenango police chief, but it was announced Monday that he is no longer in either position.
The sheriff’s office accused Paul of submitting time sheets covering overlapping periods, claiming he was working for both agencies, while working at his personal funeral home business.
The village issued a release late in the afternoon on Monday indicating that Paul had retired.
Paul’s lawyer, James Roman, said in a statement that charges filed against Paul relate to time sheets he submitted over multiple years and “it is alleged that a very small percentage of entries were inaccurate.”
He has been charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a felony.
Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said that Paul and village officials have cooperated with their investigation.
An investigation into Paul became public knowledge on Friday.
Last week, Sheriff’s Investigators executed search warrants at Paul’s office in the village of Chittenango, and Paul Funeral Home.