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State worker charged with making adult chat calls

Former Department of Environmental Conservation employee Edward Reilly of Delmar is accused of making more than $20,000 worth of calls to adult chat lines from the DEC's headquarters in Albany.

Former Department of Environmental Conservation employee Edward Reilly of Delmar is accused of making more than $20,000 worth of calls to adult chat lines from the DEC's headquarters in Albany.

The state Inspector General’s office has charged a Delmar man with racking up more than $20,000 in improper phone charges during his time at the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Edward Reilly, 52, a former environmental engineer, is accused of making 760 calls to adult chat lines over a six-year period. He’s accused of making the calls from his office phone, and from conference room phones at the department’s headquarters in Albany. The calls allegedly lasted more than 500 hours, and happened while Reilly was supposed to be working for the state.

Reilly, who retired in August after 28 years of work with the state, is charged with third-degree grand larceny and five counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. The top charge of grand larceny carries a maximum potential sentence of seven years in prison.

Reilly was arraigned Oct. 28 in Albany City Court and released pending further court action.

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