Ex-SUNY Empire employee facing fraud charges

Jill Konopka
Updated: September 19, 2020 08:49 AM
Created: September 18, 2020 05:32 PM

The state inspector general Friday announced the arrest of 51-year-old Rick Reimann of Saratoga Springs. He is the former director of facilities at SUNY Empire State College. He’s now accused of spending more than $31,000 in taxpayer money for his own personal use.

Reimann made his first court appearance Friday on 85 criminal charges. State officials say they fired him after he made 171 unauthorized personal purchases on a state-issued credit card totaling $31,685.


“This type of conduct is absolutely not tolerated. If you engage in this particular conduct, the line has been drawn in the sand. This is going to be the consequence,” said Joseph Centanni, the school’s director of safety and security.

Between January 2016 and August 2019, authorities say Reimann spent almost $12,000 on Amazon buying tools and camping supplies, $4,500 at Home Depot, and $2,500 on an air purifier and filter -- among many other unauthorized items.

SUNY Empire called the inspector general after a campus review in the summer of 2019, and state police arrested Reimann.

“He was engaging in it for quite some time and there was not adequate oversight of Mr. Riemann,” Centanni said. “So in addition to the termination of Mr. Reimann, his direct supervisor was also terminated in December of 2019.”

Neither Reimann nor his attorney had a comment on camera.

He was released and must return in person to court Oct. 6.

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