Ex-official admits lying about finances while stiffing state
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.