DELHI _ A Delhi man charged with fraud and offering a false instrument for filing was sentenced to five years' probation Monday and ordered to pay $25,080 in restitution.

Carmine Corrieri, 68, was originally charged with committing a fraudulent practice in violation of the workers' compensation law, third-degree insurance fraud, third-degree grand larceny and nine counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies.

Delaware County Judge Carl Becker said Corrieri pleaded guilty Dec. 3.

"I don't know why it is that people think, with impunity, they can cut corners and get a government benefit," Becker said to Corrieri. "I don't know what your motivation was. Maybe you thought it was a way out, but it was a way into a swamp of a financial mess."

The Delaware County Sheriff's Department investigated the case in conjunction with state Workers' Compensation Board Office of the Fraud Inspector General and the New York State Insurance Fund Office of Confidential Investigations.

Officials said Corrieri was accused of submitting false statements to the New York State Insurance Fund regarding a workers' compensation claim and fraudulently obtaining benefits.

In another case, Jonathan C. Molina, 19, of the Bronx, who is charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing almost two pounds of cocaine, appeared for a Huntley hearing to determine if he was properly given Miranda warnings before he gave police a statement.

Village of Delhi police officer Clinton Fiaschi testified that he read Molina his Miranda warnings twice before Molina willingly gave the police an oral statement and then voluntarily typed his statement on a computer.

Becker ruled that the Miranda warning was done correctly and that Molina volunteered information.

Molina is free on $100,000 bail. His trial is scheduled for the April trial term.

The class A-1 felony charge carries a penalty of eight to 20 years in prison, Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup said previously.

In another case, Brian Van Tassel, 41, of Chelsea, pleaded innocent to two counts of driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation and the consumption or possession of alcohol in a vehicle.

The charges against Van Tassel stem from an incident in the village of Sidney on Oct. 10.

Van Tassel is free on $1,000 bail. His trial is scheduled for the July 14 trial term.


Patricia Breakey can be reached at 746-2894 or at

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