- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A former maintenance depot supervisor for the Connecticut National Guard was ordered to serve probation Monday on charges that he stole hundreds of dollars’ worth of scrap metal.

James Liss was fired a year ago as a building superintendent following an internal investigation of misconduct at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks.

The Hartford Courant (https://cour.at/1thpAlI ) reports that a judged accepted Liss into a pretrial diversionary program known as accelerated rehabilitation despite objections from a prosecutor. He was placed on two years’ probation and ordered to pay restitution for the scrap metal he took, valued at $654.50. If the larceny case had gone ahead, Liss could have faced up to six months in prison.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen McNamara had harsh words for Liss.

“The trust that you betrayed, the trust that you trampled on, is worth far more than $654.50,” McNamara said.

Liss, 60, of Windsor Locks, was arrested in September. A state investigation found that Liss ordered subordinates to perform work at his Windsor Locks home while they were on the clock and allowed workers to falsify overtime at Camp Hartell, which houses the Connecticut Army National Guard’s maintenance facilities.

“The monetary gain of overtime and personal leave coupled with a corrupt culture perpetuated and nurtured by Liss made it easy to add extra hours of overtime and take unrecorded time off without consequence,” the investigation found.

State police were notified of the allegations against Liss by Connecticut Military Department officials.

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