ITHACA, N.Y. — A Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy is back to work Monday, following a years-long investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office.

Deputy Shane Spencer was on administrative leave for around three years after he reportedly modified time sheets to get additional days off. According to documents obtained by The Ithaca Voice, he allegedly also provided misinformation about approximately 30 days of work dating back to as early as Nov. 1, 2010.

“He’s back to work today,” Tompkins County Sheriff Kenneth Lansing said Monday morning in a brief statement.

Lansing declined to speak about the details of the investigation.

Casey Aguglia, upstate press secretary for the state attorney general’s office said, “This investigation is closed and therefore we have no comment.”

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Lansing previously told The Ithaca Voice that Spencer would ask for a “personal day,” but then fill out his timesheet to indicate he had taken a holiday. This allowed him to take more vacation time than was allowed, and the manipulation went on for years before it was discovered by the department, Lansing said.

“Is that breaking a law? Is that forgery? Not really … But it’s being dishonest and manipulating the system so you can have more days off,” Lansing previously said. “Law-wise, is that criminal? Probably not.”

Photo by Jeff Stein/The Ithaca Voice

Lansing previously said that new measures have been taken to prevent timesheet issues in the future.

“The sergeants now will take them before any of us get to them and will check the switch and shifts to the best of their ability,” Lansing said. “We have quite a check and balance thing here that was never here before.”

Spencer was also accused of four misconduct charges in a “Notice of Discipline” filed against him by the sheriff’s office on Feb. 25, 2014. However, it remains unknown what the outcome of the charges were. Disciplinary records are considered personnel matters and therefore not public.

According to seethroughny.net, Spencer appears to have been paid throughout the investigation. Local police officer contracts dictate that an officer under investigation and still employed by the department  still receives pay. Deputy Stephen Moracco, president of the Tompkins County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, a union for local deputies, did not return request for comment by press time.

Spencer’s salary for the past eight years is as follows:

  • 2009: $67,102
  • 2010: $59,943
  • 2011: $78,407
  • 2012: $56,862
  • 2013:$77,250
  • 2014: $60,788
  • 2015:$57,533
  • 2016: $51,430

Attempts to locate Spencer for comment were not successful.

Have more information about this story? Contact Reporter Jolene Almendarez at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com.

Featured photo: A portion of the investigative record, obtained by the Ithaca Voice, into Deputy Shane Spencer.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.