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Albany/HV: Former DEC engineer pays restitution in full
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The former DEC engineer who spent thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on sex chat hotlines had his day in court. Our Lori Chung reports.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Edward Reilly left Albany city court with little to say, paying full restitution after racking up $20,000 in sex chat charges while on the job as an engineer for the DEC.

“Making the taxpayers whole was the primary objective here for us as well as ensuring that Mr. Reilly would no longer be employed by the state,” Albany County District Attorney David Soares said.

To that end, the 52-year-old presented the court with a check for the full amount. His arrest marked the end of a 28 year career with the state agency.

Investigators say between 2005 and 2011, Reilly made hundreds of calls to hotlines by companies like VIP Sensual Chat and Secret Encounters.

Soares said, “He wouldn't be using his own lines, he would go use lines in different parts of the company so he was able to evade detection all those years.”

The case has prompted the DEC to upgrade security measures on their phone lines. The agency released a statement saying, “We have strengthened the audit process of our phone records and instituted restrictions on phone use that will prevent these actions from occurring in the future. DEC will not tolerate this type of behavior from any employee.”

In the meantime, Reilly has pleaded guilty to petit larceny, a deal struck with prosecutors on what was originally a grand larceny charge.

The district attorney says his case shows that misappropriation of state funds is not something officials will stand for.

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