State worker charged with selling counterfeit cellphone cases, stealing $38K from payroll



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ALBANY, New York — A New York state employee has been charged with running online trademark counterfeiting businesses and stealing nearly $40,000 by charging the state for time he didn't work.

The offices of the state attorney general and inspector general say Wajahat Abbasi was indicted Tuesday and arraigned in Albany County Court.

Authorities say investigators found nearly $220,000 worth of counterfeit cellphone cases in Abbasi's home in the Albany suburb of Colonie (kah-luh-NEE'). Officials say they had purchased the items online from companies controlled by Abbasi.

He's also accused of not showing up for work on more than 50 separate occasions but still charging the state for the time, stealing more than $38,000 in payroll.

Abbasi was a computer programmer for the state Office of Information Technology Services in Albany.

His lawyer, Terrence Kindlon, says Abbasi has pleaded not guilty.

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