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Richard Fevang. who was facing a 66-Count Indictment for Fraud related to his work as DPW Fleet Manager for the City of New Rochelle, was sentenced today to 5 years probation and time served (1 day) by Judge Robert A. Neary under an agreement negotiated with Judge Albert Lorenzo. Under the deal, Fevang plead guilty to Tampering with Public Records, a Class D Felony. Judge Neary also approved a permanent order of protection to stay away from the entire population of New Rochelle. Neary warned Fevang that any contact, on any form, direct or indirect, with anyone from New Rochelle would be a violation and could result in a separate prosecution.
"That's the last thing you need right now", said Judge Neary.
Neary accepted a recommendation from the Westchester County Probation Department for community service to be part of the probation. He ordered Fevang to perform 25 hours of community service each year for the next two years. Fevang was warned that he must complete a substance abuse program, that he was subject to random substance abuse testing, that his his home, vehicle or place of work could be searched at any time. Fevang may not possess any weapons and must pat $350 in costs.
Back in the fall, Fevang entered an unexpected guilty plea to the top count of tampering with public records on September 28, 2011 following his 66-Count indictment the previous June. The guilty plea ended a decade-long series of investigations into fraud by Fevang, first reported to the DA's office in 2001 by DPW mechanic Pat Papallardi and other municipal workers.
The recent investigation began after allegations against Fevang were first published on Talk of the Sound in 2009. New Rochelle City Council Member Louis Trangucci played a critical role in advancing the investigation when he delivered boxes of DPW invoices to Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureaus in early 2010.
"I am pleased that Mr. Fevang will pay for his crimes against the people of New Rochelle with this sentence" said Council Member Louis Trangucci.
Trangucci repeated his previous praise for Papallardi.
"I want to extend my sincere appreciation for Pat Papallardi who took the initiative to come forward with information that led to the 66-Count indictment against Fevang," said Trangucci. "Pat is an example of how one person can make a difference. I would hope his brave actions will inspire others to come forward knowing it is possible to have a positive outcome in a case like this.