Ex-of­fi­cial ad­mits ly­ing about fi­nances while stiff­ing state

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

A for­mer New York state of­fi­cial has ad­mit­ted ly­ing un­der oath about be­ing un­able to pay resti­tu­tion for fraud af­ter he put a down pay­ment on a horse farm and helped pay for his daugh­ter’s wed­ding.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in Al­bany say Fri­day that 55-year-old Joseph Strev­ell, of Castle­ton, pleaded guilty to per­jury for ly­ing dur­ing a De­cem­ber 2014 de­po­si­tion where he was ques­tioned about his abil­ity to pay court-or­dered resti­tu­tion.

Strev­ell, a for­mer deputy sec­re­tary of state, pleaded guilty in 2007 to de­fraud­ing New York while serv­ing as head of a state-funded en­tity.

He was sued by the fed­eral govern­ment for not mak­ing resti­tu­tion of more than $111,000. Au­thor­i­ties say he put a $75,000 down pay­ment on an op­tion to buy up­state prop­erty and contributed $30,000 to­ward his daugh­ter’s wed­ding.

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