By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature has been charged with grand larceny and filing dozens of false documents to improperly collect more than $15,000 of state unemployment benefits.

Martin Reid, a Republican, has pleaded not guilty and was released Wednesday.

The state attorney general says Reid collected jobless benefits in 2013 after resigning from the New York State School Boards Association in the face of termination.

Reid claimed in his jobless benefits application that he left because of a lack of work.

Authorities say that in his weekly certification for benefits, Reid said he hadn’t worked and hadn’t earned more than $405 in the preceding week, though he still received an annual salary of $30,000 from the county.

A call to Reid’s attorney was not immediately returned.

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