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FBI enters Kingston double-dipping probe

Feb 18, 2011 7:56 am
The ongoing Ulster County story involving charges that cops in the Kingston city police department have been double-dipping on expense claims just got regionally interesting as the Daily Freeman runs with a story about how the FBI's now gotten interested, and expanded their scope to include the county-wide URGENT anti-drug task force that had been gaining popularity as a possible model for other Hudson Valley counties. According to city beat reporter Paul Kirby, the FBI is now conducting a wide-ranging investigation of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team, which used to be led by now-suspended Kingston police Detective Lt. Timothy Matthews... who was suspended after being charged with stealing $9,000 from the city and later was accused of double dipping by charging both the city and the Kingston school district for simultaneous work. Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum and Kingston Mayor James Sottile said on Feb. 17 that large amounts of documents have been subpoenaed by the federal law-enforcement agency from the Sheriff’s Office, the city police department and City Hall. The mayor said that the FBI's interest in URGENT may be related to the task force’s use of federal money provided to the crime-fighting effort by the city of Kingston, which has provided $45,000 in federal Entitlement Program to URGENT, some of it to buy drugs from suspected dealers. Mayor Sottile urged local residents not to jump to any conclusion as a result of the FBI subpoenas.