David Perry was arraigned this afternoon in Steuben County NY on Grand Larceny charges stemming from allegations that he collected Work Comp and Pension benefits from a fraudulent injury in October 2003.
A secret Grand Jury met in February to hear several witnesses testify to charges that Perry, an ex Corrections Officer at the Elmira prison, faked his injuries from an alleged struggle with an inmate. Perry was then able to obtain Workman’s Comp benefits as well as a larger portion of his pension, as he was out on disability and not retirement. It is the NY State Pension Fund, located in Steuben County that charged him in this matter. He is also facing almost identical charges in Broome County, where the NY State Insurance Fund is located.
Perry was arrested last Tuesday afternoon and arraigned before a judge. However, Perry stopped the proceedings, refused the offer of a Public Defender and instead said he would hire his own attorney. Today’s hearing was the first available on Judge Latham’s docket. Consequently, Perry has spent 8 days in jail.
How Perry would have been able to pay for an attorney remains a mystery. He was served with forfeiture of asset papers, which means that his bank accounts were to be frozen, the deed to his house held (and the pending sales contact negated), with a $200,000 lien bond placed on the property and his other assets, including a brand new car and a motorcycle were to be confiscated.
Apparently frozen assets put a serious crimp in Perry's spending habits;Perry was assigned Public Defender Jason Vichinsky. He has pleaded NOT GUILTY to the Grand Larceny charges and will remain in jail until April 9th when a bail hearing will be set. I mean, even a blind man can see he's guilty....