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Mount Vernon Police Officer Charged With False Overtime

Mount Vernon Police Officer Joseph Russo has been charged with falsifying business records involving overtime forms he submitted to the department.
Mount Vernon Police Officer Joseph Russo has been charged with falsifying business records involving overtime forms he submitted to the department. Photo Credit: Westchester County DA's Office

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore charged Mount Vernon Police Officer Joseph Russo on Wednesday with two counts of falsifying business records.

A news release from DiFiore's office said Russo submitted overtime reports and Westchester County Traffic Board STEP forms to the Mount Vernon Police Department stating that he worked two hours of overtime from Sept. 17, 2012 to Sept. 18, 2012, when he allegedly had not. Russo was paid $226.60 in overtime which he allegedly was not entitled to.

An investigation by the Mount Vernon Police Department Internal Affairs Unit led to Russo's suspension on Tuesday and arrest on Wednesday.

If convicted, Russo faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. He is due in court next on March 27.

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