Former Police Chief Charged with Four Felonies in Insurance Fraud

The private law client of a Glens Falls city court judge, already on probation for felony filing a false written instrument in connection with his employment application to be a police chief, has been charged with four more felonies.

Jacob W. Sabo, 57, of Whitehall, was represented by Glens Falls City Court Judge Gary C. Hobbs, when he was found guilty following jury trial of lying on his employment application to the town of Fleischmanns in Delaware County.

Sabo, a former police officer for Lake George in Warren County and Whitehall in Washington County has now been charged with counts of grand larceny, insurance fraud, falsifying business records and falsely making an application for worker compensation benefits.

According to the complaint, Sabo failed to disclose to the state Workers Compensation Board that he had been employed as the police chief for Fleischmanns in 2003, receiving a salary of $48,000, the same job that he was convicted of lying on his application to get.

He had been receiving workers compensation benefits for a wrist injury he had incurred while working at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.

According to authorities, Sabo received $8,200 to which he wasn’t entitled. He was arrested in Salina in Onondaga County where the insurance company paying the benefits is based.

Sabo was sentenced to five years of probation and order to perform 250 hours of community service. He was convicted in Dec. 15, 2003 following a jury trial.

If convicted of the newest charges, it is likely Sabo would then be charged with violating the terms of his probation.

He had originally been charged on a three-count indictment of filing a false instrument, defrauding the government and second degree menacing.

He was acquitted of the latter two charges.

He was found guilty of failing to disclose on his application for police chief that he had been previously convicted of a crime and also falsely stated that he had not been terminated from prior employment.

Reported by the Empire Journal