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PENNSYLVANIA REVENUE AGENT CHARGED WITH SKIPPING WORK, LYING TO SUPERVISORS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A state Revenue Department agent today was charged with providing phony documents to his supervisors to hide the fact that he skipped more than 30 days of work while assigned to an out-of-state project, Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. announced.
 Patrick M. Donahue, 26, of 3574 Teton Road, Philadelphia, was arraigned before Harrisburg District Justice Horace A. Lowery on three counts of theft by deception and 37 counts each of unsworn falsification and tampering with public records.
 Preate said Donahue, a revenue enforcement agent in the Revenue Department's Bureau of Motor Fuel Taxes, was assigned last year to work with a federal investigative task force operating in the Trenton, N.J., area.
 The charges allege that on 37 occasions this year Donahue didn't report to work but called in to his office in Harrisburg to report that he was working in the Trenton area.
 When confronted by his supervisors on May 5, Donahue allegedly produced phony activity and automotive reports for the days in question. A comparison of the reports with his state vehicle's odometer indicated that he overreported his mileage by more than 1,500 miles, according to the complaint.
 Revenue Department investigators determined that Donahue received $2,817 in wages for days he didn't work, the charges allege.
 The probe was initiated by the state Inspector General's Office and referred to Preate's office for additional investigation and prosecution, according to Deputy Attorney General Marc E. Costanzo, the prosecutor.
 Following his arraignment, Donahue was released on his own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing at a later date.
 Each of the theft and tampering with public records counts carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. The maximum on each of the unsworn falsification counts is two years and $5,000.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis, assistant press secretary of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/


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