Local OTB employee accused of stealing close to $10,000

SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS MASSACHUSETTS MAN FOR GRAND LARCENY STEMMING FROM LOCAL OTB

New Lebanon, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators arrested a Massachusetts man on a warrant for stealing from a local OTB and then falsifying business records.

On March 18, 2019 at approximately 9:26pm, 63 year old Peter T. Dimitropolis of Adams MA., was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (Class D Felony) and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree (Class E Felony).

On December 7, 2018, an auditor from the Capital District Off Track Betting Company (OTB) reported to the Sheriff’s Office that after a recent audit of the New Lebanon OTB branch it was discovered that one of their employees has been stealing money from the branch. An investigation was initiated by Sheriff’s Office Investigator Kris Bauhoff and further interview with the auditor revealed that the employee in question is Peter Dimitropolis. During the routine audit, Dimitropolis made admissions to the auditor as to his involvement in making bets while he was working at the New Lebanon branch and not paying for them. He also indicated that he had falsified reports in an attempt to hide the larceny. The investigation showed that Dimitropolis made approximately $9,500 in bets that he failed to pay for over the course of a weekend at the end of November 2018.

Mr. Dimitropolis was arraigned in the Town of Greenport Court before the Honorable Judge John Porecca and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond. He will appear in New Lebanon Town Court at a later date.

Investigator Bauhoff was assisted by K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne. The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office is also assisting with this case.

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