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UConn Employees Charged With Using School Contractors For Personal Work

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Two employees at the University of Connecticut’s West Hartford campus have been charged with using school contractors to renovate their homes. A contractor also was arrested.

UConn police arrested 56-year-old Mark O’Neill of Suffield and 58-year-old Jose Cruz of Manchester last week on larceny charges. O’Neill is the facilities manager at the West Hartford campus and Cruz is the campus’ building superintendent. Both were placed on leave.

Authorities say O’Neill and Cruz conspired to authorize nearly $5,700 in payments from school accounts to contractors who were working on campus to perform renovations at their homes. A contractor, 26-year-old

Lukasz Sudyka of Newington, was charged with larceny.

The three defendants couldn’t be reached Friday. It’s not clear if O’Neill and Cruz have lawyers. Sudyka’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a message Friday.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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