Cecilia DowdApr 25, 2018, 10:56 pm

Hempstead police officer accused of stealing over $6K from fire department

The former volunteer firefighter is also a school board member

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MINEOLA — Hempstead police officer Randy Stith, who is also a school board member and was a volunteer firefighter, was in court Wednesday morning, arraigned on a 13-count indictment, accused of stealing money from his fire department.

There were tense moments at court in Mineola as Randy Stith exited the courthouse after his arraignment on a 13-count indictment. That hostility, aimed at members of the media, from supporters of Stith.

Stith is accused of stealing $6,500 dollars from the Hempstead Fire Department when he was treasurer there.

“That money should've gone to lifesaving material and training and equipment and instead he was allegedly lining his own pocket and that's a serious breach of the public trust and he'll be held accountable,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

He's also accused of filing a forged recommendation letter to the Nassau County Civil Service Commission.

“I am innocent till proven guilty, and I am innocent,” Stith said.

The Hempstead School District tells FiOS1 News that Stith is "someone who has given years to public service and deserves the benefit of the doubt. However, these are very serious allegations and if the charges are proven true, then the school district and board will have to address it immediately."

His attorney Joseph Conway says Sith had previously resigned from the fire department is still a school board member and was put on administrative leave from the police department.

Conway was asked if this was politically motivated.

“Anybody who's been around Nassau County for a while knows that Hempstead is an explosive town with people on different sides of the aisle and whether this was politically motivated that's something we'll take a look at as we move forward,” Conway said.

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