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.