Update: Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said Thomas Connellan, a former police sergeant for the Syracuse Police Department, did not file the necessary paperwork to disclose his second income to the department.
Connellan has been accused of stealing over $3,000 from the SPD between 2011 and 2014, while also working as an employee of the New York State Department of Financial Services.
According to Fowler, officers are usually allowed to work no more than 20 additional hours of employment per week, as per the department’s policy.
However, he said he had no further comment on the matter, due to the pending criminal investigation against Connellan.
Thomas Connellan, a former police sergeant for the Syracuse Police Department, and employee of U.S. Rep. John Katko, has recently been charged with grand larceny, according to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick’s Office.
Connellan has been accused of stealing over $3,000 from the SPD between 2011 and 2014, while he performed duties as an employee of the New York State Department of Financial Services, and worked for the police at the same time.
According to the DA’s office, Connellan is also guilty of submitting false documentation to the Department of Financial Services between 2011 and 2014.
His arrest followed a six-month investigation by the Fitzpatrick’s office, and the New York State Inspector General.
Connellan pleaded “not guilty” to the charge of third-degree grand larceny in city court Feb. 26.
He was a police officer for 25 years before retiring, and had been the department’s spokesman from 2001 to 2015.
Connellan also reportedly resigned from his position as one of Katko’s employees earlier this year, after Katko found out he was being investigated.
Connellan is due back in court March 3.
SPD Chief Frank Fowler has declined to comment on the matter.