New York State Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro and the New York State Police today announced the guilty plea of a state trooper who misused his state-issued credit card to make more than $2,900 in unauthorized purchases, including groceries and alcohol.
Jason Mattice, 45, of Warnerville, pleaded guilty today in Albany City Court to Disorderly Conduct before Hon. John Reilly. He previously paid full restitution and has since retired from state service.
Mattice, a state trooper for 20 years, used his state-issued credit card – intended for work-related travel expenses only – to purchase $2,908.73 in goods, including groceries and alcohol, between July 2017 and December 2019. Mattice admitted making the transactions despite knowing that the purchases were unauthorized.
“State employees are entrusted to utilize state-issued credit cards only for approved purchases necessary to fulfill their public duties,” said Inspector General Tagliafierro. “This individual instead chose to abuse that trust and made personal purchases with taxpayer funds and is now being held accountable for his actions.”
Inspector General Tagliafierro thanked the New York State Police for referring the matter to the Offices of the Inspector General and the Albany County District Attorney for prosecuting the case.