An attorney in Broome County is facing a possible state prison term on charges that he overbilled the New York State Supreme Court’s Attorneys for Children program and the Broome County Assigned Counsel program by nearly $11,000.
John Cadore of Binghamton is facing two counts of third-degree grand larceny, one count of fourth-degree grand larceny and a count of first-degree scheme to defraud.
Cadore was arrested after an audit conducted by the Office of Court Administration’s inspector general revealed about 36 days in which Cadore billed more than 24 hours per day for his work with the two programs, according to a press release issued Thursday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
In addition to allegedly overbilling, Cadore is accused of double-billing travel expenses to court on approximately 187 occasions. Under OCA rules, an attorney who appears in court on more than one case at a time is permitted to bill only once for travel expenses.
The defendant was arraigned before Broome County Judge Martin Smith. He faces a maximum penalty of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison.
The court system’s inspector general, Sherrill Spatz, and auditors Aric Andrejko and George Danyluk investigated the matter. Assistant attorneys general Bridget Holohan Scally and Colleen Glavin, both of the public integrity bureau, are prosecuting the case.