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West Babylon Man Arrested For Defrauding H.E.L.P Program

Nassau DA claims defendant logged in roadside assistance that didn't exist to ensure job security.

A West Babylon man who works for the New York State DOT has been arrested by the Nassau DA's office for allegedly falsifying the records he kept in connection with the state's H.E.L.P. roadside assistance program.

According to officials, Brian Miller, 55, a HELP program supervisor, was snared in a dual-agency investigation with the state inspectors office and charged with four counts of falsifying business records and one count of official misconduct. Miller was arrested with one other, Dominick Iannolo, 44, of Lake Ronkonkoma, for the same charges. Both men are due back in court September 11.

In a statement released by District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the charges claim that in July and August of 2010, Miller, while acting as a supervisor and truck operator in the roadside assistance program, was assigning cases to his own vehicle and then logging in assistance to vehicles that was never performed. According to the release, each time a H.E.L.P truck comes to the aid of a stranded vehicle, the operator must enter the vehicle type, license plate number and description of duty into a daily log. 

Rice said Miller was logging in actual license plates of vehicles whose owners claimed they were never assisted by a H.E.L.P truck, and some of the license plate numbers he recorded did not exist in state DMV records.

Rice indicated that Iannolo and Miller's motivation for the fraud was to avoid decreases in HELP Program state funding, which could include their own job security.

“Instead of helping drivers in need, these defendants were cooking the books by reporting work they never did,” Rice stated in the release. “With federal and state budgets stretched thin, policymakers need to make funding decisions based on accurate information, not the fabrications of a couple of self-interested workers."

If convicted, both Iannolo and Miller could face up to one year in jail. Assistant DA Kristofer Kasnicki is prosecuting the case. Both men are represented by Michael DerGarabedian, Esq.

Vincent Santangelo August 12, 2012 at 06:19 AM
R absolutley right.. hopefully he is innocent and will be exhonerated. Just that.. where there's smoke there's usually fire.... but hey.. hopefully he is innocent.
Susan Loretoni August 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Sounds like these men are ,,,GUILTY ....of not wearing glasses,,on dark nights,,or glaring sunshine..in dense fog,,,or torrential rain..as speeding cars raced by.... while they were HELPING stranded motorists. The "investigators" in this case should get a REAL job.
Vincent Santangelo August 15, 2012 at 07:26 PM
What really has me curious... Is why did this come to light in the first place? He is well liked...and suddenly these charges appear. That would mean his superios must have felt he was doing something wrong... Police officials felt something was wrong... The district attorney stepped up and presented charges.. All these people took expeditious amounts of time energy and financial resources to go after who appears to be a seemingly nice guy. Why??
Sandra Miller August 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM
It is very easy to give a quick judgment ......... but we weren't there .......I am more suspicious of the investigation of "cooking the books." I have learned that it could be anyone of us ........ in this imperfect human race ..... given certain circumstances. But for the grace of God go I ...... is very humbling. Sandy
Daniel Mc Carthy August 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Bc someone was caught stealing gas and he made up a lot of things just to get a better sentence. It all stems from the mouth of a thief and now a liar. Police and DA's make false arrest and put innocent people in jail everyday.

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