ALBANY — New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says a state biologist routinely spent hours drinking at a local bar while on the job, and his bar tab shows it.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says its worker will be disciplined and internal controls will be improved.
DiNapoli says the biologist cheated the state out of thousands of dollars and the worker’s own bar tab showed he was in the bar while he was on the clock.
DiNapoli says state biologist Christopher Keim (KEEM) of Albany was arraigned Monday in city court and accused of grand larceny, defrauding government and filing a false document.
Keim was released pending further court action. He faces up to seven years in prison if found guilty.
Keim couldn’t be immediately reached by telephone for comment.