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Two Orleans County sheriff's deputies accused of double dipping

Two Orleans County sheriff's deputies were arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking payments from a private company they were working security for while working simultaneously at the Sheriff's Office, according to a State Police statement Wednesday.

Sergeant Dean Covis of Albion and Deputy Thomas Marano of Brockport were each charged with grand larceny in the third degree and falsifying business records in the first degree.

The investigation, conducted by the State Police Major Crimes Unit, found that between November 2013 and January 2015, Covis and Marano "received payments from a private company they worked security for, after filing false time sheets, when in fact they were simultaneously working at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office."

Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman has been assigned as a special prosecutor.

The deputies were arraigned before Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon and were released on their own recognizance.

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