A former top lawyer with the New York Thruway Employees union is being charged with looting more than $211,000 from the group.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced 40-year-old Kevin Clor’s indictment today. The Buffalo resident now faces two grand larceny counts, as well as 16 counts of forged instrument possession and falsifying business records.
Vance (pictured here) says that Clor, who served as general counsel for the union, cribbed the cash by submitting fake expense receipts during his 10-year tenure at the union.
“As general counsel of the New York State Thruway Employees union, the defendant had a duty to protect the rights and financial well-being of the union’s members,” Vance said in a statement. “Instead of representing their best interests, he stands accused of violating their trust and used his position to enrich himself illegally.”
Clor worked for the union — which reps 2,500 full-time and part-time Thruway staffers, such as toll collectors, grounds workers, janitors, painters, and carpenters — from January 2001 until April 2011.
Prosecutors say that Clor went bad in January 2006, when he started turning in what purportedly amounts to 150 fake travel, meal, and course receipts.
If true, here’s where the allegations start to get really messed up: though some 84 grand came from the union’s main bank account, 128,000 bucks came from the welfare fund.
Runnin’ Scared reached out to Clor’s lawyer. We’ll update if we hear back.