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Falls native ordered to repay state funds spent on wedding renewal, limos

ROCHESTER -- A Niagara Falls native was ordered Thursday to repay the state close to $17,000 he illegally took while working for the state's Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, authorities said.

Donald L. Chrisman, 46, who is now living in Rochester, was ordered in Monroe County Court to pay back the $16,668.55, according to officials.

Chrisman was also placed on probation for five years, according to State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.

Chrisman, who had worked as a peer advocate providing guidance for people with developmental disabilities, pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to fourth-degree grand larceny, Leahy Scott said.

Chrisman admitted illegally using state-issued credit cards to pay for personal limousine services, a wedding renewal ceremony for himself and his wife and family trips to the Darien Lake Park.

Chrisman, employed by the state office beginning in August 2003, resigned while under investigation last February, officials said.

"This defendant's repeated abuse of a taxpayer-backed government credit card was an affront to the public trust," Leahy Scott said.

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