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Former Depew DPW chief admits misconduct in equipment purchase

Former Depew official Phillip Fleck, 48, pleaded guilty Friday in State Supreme Court to official misconduct in connection with the purchase of a backhoe from the Village of Depew.

Fleck, former superintendent for the Depew Department of Public Works, appeared before Erie County Court Judge Susan M. Eagan.

The equipment involved was a 1994 Cat Wheel Loader and a 1995 Autocar Dump Truck, said John J. Flynn, the Erie County district attorney.

The transaction occurred between Dec. 3, 2015 and Nov. 29, 2017, said Flynn. Fleck purchased the backhoe after earlier negotiating the deal, the district attorney said.

Fleck resigned from his position in November 2017. Fleck faces a maximum of one year in prison when he is sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6.


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