Rome man must repay over $12,000, perform community service

Published Dec 13, 2017 at 12:00pm

A now former aide at the youth detention center in Taberg has been ordered to repay more than $12,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to insurance fraud.

Samuel Spina, 45, of Rome, was sentenced by City Court Judge Gregory J. Amoroso on Monday to 100 hours of community service on a charge of fifth-degree insurance fraud, authorities said.

Spina was also ordered to pay a $50 fine and $12,110.88 in restitution.

Authorities said that Spina also resigned from his job as a youth division aide at the
Taberg Residential Center for Girls in Oneida County.

An investigation by the Inspector General’s Office found that Spina reported a debilitating knee injury at work in September 2015, and that the injury prevented him from working. 

Authorities said Spina received over $12,000 in benefits over the next three months to which he was not entitled.

During those three months, authorities said Spina was reportedly seen playing ice hockey in numerous games for the Tighty Whities, an amateur hockey team in central New York.