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Former Ti highway superintendent sentenced

DiNapoli's auditors found that:

- the superintendent purchased $100,000 of overpriced highway supplies much of which remained unused, and admitted to accepting $2,000 in gift-card kickbacks from one of the vendors who sold him those supplies;

- the board could have paid $46,000 less for the $100,000 in supplies through a competitive procurement process;

- the superintendent purchased $18,000 in sand from his uncle, without bidding;

- the superintendent's actions wasted about $90,000 in taxpayer funds;

- the board did not make sure the superintendent solicited bids, as required by law, for $109,000 in purchases, or obtained price quotes, as required by town policy, for $12,000 in purchases; and

- the board approved the payment of vouchers for the excessive and overpriced highway products purchased by the superintendent without questioning the need and quantity of goods purchased, the use of two new vendors, the suspicious invoices, or the lack of bids and quotes.

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