Middletown employee charged with bill two municipalities same hours worked


MIDDLETOWN – A 70-year-old Middletown man has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $90,000 from the City of Middletown by claiming overlapping hours on his time sheets when he worked for both the city and the Town of Crawford from 2012 to 2019.

In addition, Thomas McKelevey falsely inflated his retirement benefit and defrauded the state pension system by over $5,000.

McKelevey was a full-time plant operator at the Middletown sewer plant and at the same time, worked as the full-time water/sewer superintendent for Crawford.

He allegedly submitted time sheets to Middletown and Crawford overlapping hours for the same time periods.

McKelevey retired from both jobs in 2019, and as a result of the inflation of total public employment hours worked, he received an enhanced retirement benefit to which he was not entitled. Since receiving his pension, he has been overpaid more than $5,000.

He was charged with defrauding the New York State pension fund, and two counts of grand larceny.

He was released on his own recognizance pending a future court appearance.

McKelevey’s arrest was announced by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.