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2018-09-13 / Local News

Former Depew DPW superintendent sentenced in misconduct case

Phillip Fleck, 48, of Lancaster, was sentenced Sept. 6 by Erie County Court Judge Susan M. Eagan to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service for his plea conviction to one count of official misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor, according to the office of Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

Fleck admitted that between Dec. 3, 2015, and Nov. 29, 2016, while employed as the superintendent for the Village of Depew Department of Public Works, he traded in village equipment to purchase a backhoe, having earlier negotiated his own personal purchase of the very property he traded in, the DA’s office said.

This behind-the-scenes deal was an unauthorized exercise of his office and done for his own benefit, according to authorities.

Fleck resigned from his position in November 2017.

Flynn commends the Village of Depew for its assistance in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Ertel of the DA’s Special Investigation and Prosecutions Bureau.

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