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State group home worker from Finger Lakes pleads guilty

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A Fairport man has pleaded guilty to selling pieces of the group home he worked in as scrap material.

According to the New York Inspector General, Joseph Wahl, 39, of Fairport, was accused of removing various building parts, including copper piping, steel, and electric wiring from OPWDD group homes. He then transported, using a State van on State time, and sold the materials to a recycling building as if they were scrap material. 

Wahl, at the time, was an OPWDD maintenance assistant, assigned to the OPWDD Finger Lakes Regional Office in Brighton. He has worked on a number of OPWDD group homes throughout the Finger Lakes region.

Wahl pleaded guilty to Official Misconduct and was sentenced to restitution, eight work weekends, and a one year conditional discharge. Wahl paid the restitution of $1,000 at the time of his plea.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Brighton Town Court.

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