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Volkmann gets no prison time for stealing from Chatham village

Jul 19, 2021 2:30 pm

Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Times Union that ex-Chatham police chief Peter Volkmann, who cheated the village's retirement system and filed false claims for mileage and expense reimbursement, did not get any prison time for his crimes. Instead, on July 19 he was ordered to repay the $92,000 he stole and was sentenced to 200 hours community service by Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek. "Instead of upholding the law, Volkmann, the chief law enforcement officer of the village, defrauded the state retirement system and his community. Taxpayers have the right to expect their public officials, including law enforcement officials, will act with honesty and integrity," State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said. Volkmann, who also resigned as the city of Hudson's police commissioner after his arrest, said, "I've taken full responsibility. I've disgraced my family. I disgraced myself. I lost my home. I lost my business. I lost my standing in the community." Koweek also placed Volkmann on two years conditional discharge for the grand larceny county and one year conditional discharge for the official misconduct charge, and he officially lost his job when he entered a guilty plea. Read more about this story in the Times Union.