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DA: E. Patchogue Man Arrested in Recycling Scheme

Michael Dalessandro, 43, faces a grand larceny charge, officials say.

An East Patchogue man is among three people who have been arrested for their involvement in a recycling scheme, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office announced late Wednesday night. 

Michael Dalessandro, 43, of East Patchogue, and William A. Stegemann, 55, of Lindenhurst, are managerial employees at a Medford-based garbage carter and they were involved in the illegal sale of recyclable paper and cardboard collected at curbside from Smithtown homeowners, officials said. 

According to District Attorney Thomas Spota, Stegemann and Dalessandro, employed by Jody Enterprises Inc., were supposed to deliver the collected material to the Smithtown recycling plant, but they instead diverted the Smithtown cardboard and paper for under-the-counter cash payments from Joseph DeMatteo, 72, the owner and operator of DeMatteo Salvage in West Babylon. 

“We have evidence these suspects have been profiting at the expense of Smithtown taxpayers by depriving the town of recycling revenue for at least the past two years,” Spota said.

All three men are charged with second degree grand larceny and they are due to be arraigned Thursday morning in First District Court in Central Islip. 

The DA's Office said it would release more information on the alleged crimes during a press conference Thursday afternoon. Stick with Patch for the latest. 

Melissakis, H. August 23, 2012 at 01:06 PM
How sad our world has become if garbage is more valuable than doing the right thing.
Archie Bunker August 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Its not about garbage, its about cash.

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