- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York comptroller has elevated his office’s legal counsel for investigations to the position of deputy comptroller heading a new division focusing on public corruption.

The comptroller’s office says its oversight and audits of state and municipal contracting and spending last year resulted in 30 arrests and $3 million in restitution.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the auditors and investigators have found fraud by state officials, employees and vendors and worked with state and federal prosecutors.

Cases with the attorney general’s office include convictions of former executives of the state-supported Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty for insurance kickbacks.

Nelson Sheingold heads the unit.

DiNapoli says one staff person will be added in the short term and maybe three or four more over time, depending on budget constraints.

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