Federal prosecutors charged Walsh with theft and wire fraud for allegedly being paid $200,000 for hours when he was golfing, gambling and politicking between 2011 and 2014. Attorneys for Walsh, who retired shortly before the trial began so he could collect his pension, have argued that he was free to come and go as he pleased and make up the hours later.
Among the complaints lodged against Walsh were anonymous allegations that he was unprofessional and abusive, but neither those claims nor the accusation that the chairman was politicking at work resulted in disciplinary action, DeMarco testified Tuesday at Walsh's theft and fraud trial at Central Islip federal court.
Prosecutors have alleged that Walsh was paid more than $80,000 in salary for hours he was actually golfing, gambling at Foxwoods casino in Connecticut, and conducting Conservative Party business. Attorneys for Walsh, who retired shortly before the trial began, have argued that Walsh was free to come and go as he pleased and make up the hours later.
Retired Suffolk County Sheriff's Office investigator Ed Walsh swindled taxpayers by going on golf outings, sitting at poker tables and attending political meetings instead of performing his duties as a lieutenant, prosecutors alleged Wednesday during opening arguments at the Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman's federal fraud trial.
Walsh is on trial for scheming to defraud taxpayers of $80,000 in no-show work at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and Suffolk County jail. Prosecutors allege Walsh falsely represented that he was working while he was actually gambling at Foxwood’s Casino in Connecticut, golfing, or conducting Conservative Party business on the taxpayer dime. The party big was also accused of lying to FBI agents when he allegedly claimed he worked flex time for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.
“While he was a lawmaker he was a lawbreaker."
The client paid the lawmaker’s former firm a total of $2,342,607 for legal services never provided and expenses never incurred, according to the complaint.
Hatfield preyed upon investors, lied to them, and looted the company."