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"We found evidence that indicated it was important to continue the investigation," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Two weeks ago, Dan Lynch, the president of Treadstone Development Corporation and a former sales executive with Siemens Building Technologies, turned himself in to authorities. Lynch pleaded not guilty to one charge of grand larceny and two counts of falsifying business records.
The charges came after an investigation by the Attorney General and the New York State Comptroller's Office.
"We have a joint cross-designation of people from the Comptroller's Office and people from my office that work together and the purpose of it was to save the taxpayers money and to more efficiently look into potential abuses of public funds," said Schneiderman.
Prosecutors say in 2007, Monroe County entered into an agreement with Upstate Telecommunications Corporation on a copier contract. The non-profit brought in Toshiba Business Solutions and Siemens to work on the project.
Prosecutors say in 2008, while working for Siemens, Lynch and an unidentified individual created false invoices totaling $75,000. According to the indictment, those invoices resulted in Siemens paying Toshiba for work never done on the project, and instead the money was used to purchase a chalet package at the Senior PGA Championship held at Oak Hill Country Club.
"I can't really comment on more than has been made public. As you say, there has been one indictment that has been unsealed. It is an ongoing investigation and we are actively engaged in it," said Schneiderman.
Lynch's lawyer says there may be more charges filed against other individuals coming soon, but as for his client, he says the allegations are not true. Lynch was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on Dec. 18.
The attorney general spent most of the day in Rochester. He held a forum Tuesday night at the Eastman School of Music, to help those who are still struggling from the financial crisis.
Schneiderman and his senior staff discussed a range of topics, including environmental protection, labor and civil rights, health care and consumer fraud. The event was also an opportunity for the community to learn about the different divisions in his office and the services they provide.