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Man Pleads Guilty in B.U. Construction Theft

An Apalachin man has pleaded guilty to a theft charge, related to a Binghamton University construction project.

While working for LeChase Construction Services, 56-year-old Donald McManus was named project executive on the East Campus Dorm construction. McManus admitted that in 2011, he pocketed $8,200 from the sale of leftover copper from the project -- money which belonged to the university.

“A theft from a SUNY construction project is a theft from the taxpayers of New York State,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. “My office will investigate and prosecute individuals who attempt to pocket public money for their own personal gain.”

McManus pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny in Vestal Town Court. He is expected to be sentenced to three years probation, and will be required to pay full restitution.