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Farmersville highway superintendent convicted of criminal impersonation

WARSAW – James P. Karaszewski, 46, Town of Farmersville highway superintendent in Cattaraugus County, was convicted of misdemeanor second-degree criminal impersonation and failing to wear a seat belt after a one-day trial before Arcade Village Justice Sheri Bell-Beyer and a jury, Wyoming County District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen said Thursday.

In a trial prosecuted by Vincent A. Hemming, first assistant Wyoming County district attorney, Karazewski was convicted April 20 of falsely telling Arcade Police Officer Michael Lococco after a March 16, 2014 traffic stop in Arcade for failing to wear a seat belt that he was a member of the State Department of Environmental Conservation. Initially spared a ticket on the seat belt infraction, after a follow-up investigation by the Arcade Police Department he was arrested on both charges, O’Geen said.

When he is sentenced July 23 Karaszewski faces a sentence of up to one-year in the Wyoming County Jail in Warsaw or three years on probation and a possible fine. Neither Karaszewski nor his trial attorney, Michael Benson, could be reached to comment Thursday night.