DA: Workers for town contractor sold recyclables under-the-counter
Smithtown, NY (SmithtownRadio.com) – Two men working for a company under contract for the Town of Smithtown along with a salvage company owner have been arrested for stealing revenue from the town, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office announced late Wednesday.
William A. Stegemann, 55, of Lindenhurst, and Michael Dalessandro, 43, of East Patchogue, will be arraigned Thursday for allegedly driving their Town of Smithtown recycling truck to an unauthorized salvage company in West Babylon, the district attorney’s office claims. The two men were supposed to drive the truck instead to the Smithtown recycling plant where the town would profit from the resale of the recycled paper and cardboard collected from Smithtown curbsides.
The district attorney’s office did not initially say how often Stegemann and Dalessandro drove to DeMatteo Salvage but did say the men made the trips over the course of at least the past two years.
“We have evidence these suspects have been profiting at the expense of Smithtown taxpayers by depriving the town of recycling revenue,” Spota says in the released statement.
Joseph DeMatteo, 72, of West Islip, the owner of the DMattero Salvage, will also be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Thursday. All three men are facing charges of grand larceny in the second degree.
Stegemann and Dalessandro are described as holding managerial responsiblities at Jody Enterprises Inc., a company working under contract from the Town of Smithtown to collect recycles.
The men will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. before a scheduled Noon press conference where Spota is expected to release more information regarding the ongoing investigation.
SmithtownRadio.com will reach out to the Town of Smithtown and Jody Enterprises Thursday for additional comment.
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