Ex-Patterson highway chief gets probation in corruption case
A former Patterson highway chief was sentenced to probation in Putnam County court today after pleading guilty to corruption charges in February.
Charles Williams, 47, will serve five years probation and pay restitution for using employees on the town's time to do work around his home.
According to Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher York, Williams had a reputation for being a bully until workers at the highway department finally came forward and told police what they were being forced to do.
Williams' attorney, Michael Pollok, says his client has already paid back more than $73,000.