The president of the Adirondack Central School District Board of Education is facing 26 charges in connection to his work with the Herkimer County Department of Motor Vehicles, according to law enforcement officials.
John A. Abdo, 48, of Boonville, was taken into custody on Friday on one count each of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor, as well as 12 counts each of first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies, according to the state police officials.
According to state police, Abdo was charged as part of an investigation by the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Abdo was employed by the DMV in Herkimer County.
Calls to the DMV investigators seeking more details were not returned this morning.
Abdo is scheduled to appear in court in Herkimer County.
Following the charges against Abdo, the Adirondack Central School District released the following statement:
“The District is aware of reports concerning the recent arrest of Board of Education member John Abdo. It is our understanding that the criminal charges that have been brought against Mr. Abdo do not relate to the Adirondack Central School District or Mr. Abdo’s role as a member of the District Board of Education. The District will monitor future developments concerning the situation, but will not comment any further at this time about what appears to be a private matter.”