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Farmingdale Fire Chief, Two Others Arrested for Allegedly Falsifying Records

Two Fire Department Employees Terminated After DA Investigation

Three Farmingdale Village employees were arrested last week after an investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney found they had falsified records, according to DA spokesperson Chris Munzing.

Farmingdale Fire Chief Keith Ryan Sr., Second Assistant Chief Keith Ryan Jr. and Robert Anderson, also a Farmingdale Fire Department employee, were arrested on March 24 after a series of investigations by the Department of Labor and the DA’s office. The Dept. of Labor was investigating Ryan Jr. for allegedly collecting unemployment compensation while employed as a part-time village employee at the firehouse, Mayor George “Butch” Starkie told the Farmingdale Observer. The DA’s office later initiated its own investigation.

According to the DA’s office, Keith Ryan Jr., a part-time dispatcher for the Farmingdale Fire Department, owed money to fellow employee Robert Anderson. As a payment for his debts, Ryan Jr. worked shifts twice in August 2009 and swiped Anderson’s employee card, giving Anderson credit for the hours worked, the DA’s office stated.

The DA’s office also stated that Keith Ryan Sr., as the supervisor, signed off on the hours.

Ryan Jr. is charged with Grand Larceny 2nd degree and Falsifying Records 1st Degree. He is due back in court on April 5 at Nassau First District Court.

Ryan Sr. is charged with Falsifying Business Records 2nd Degree. He is due back in court April 6 at Nassau First District Court.

Anderson has been charged with Petit Larceny and is due back in court April 6.

“There were some issues brought to our attention that Keith [Ryan] Jr. was collecting unemployment while working at the fire house,” Starkie said.

Starkie said the village was made aware that criminal charges were pending and removed Ryan Jr. and Anderson from their positions.

“The board did not take it lightly at all, we obviously had to pursue this,” he said.

Starkie said that the village had not terminated Ryan Sr. because “he is a civil service employee and there’s a whole rulebook on what we can and cannot do.”

Regarding the charges against Keith Ryan Sr., Starkie said, “We want to give him every opportunity to defend his innocence.”

Calls to Ryan Sr. at the firehouse were not returned. Ryan Jr. and Anderson could not be reached for comment.