Two Orleans County Sheriff Deputies Charged with Felonies

Two Orleans County sheriff’s deputies were arrested Wednesday and face criminal charges related to their employment with a private security company.

Sgt. Dean Covis of Albion and Deputy Thomas Marano of Brockport were each charged with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, both felonies.

An investigation conducted by the New York State Police Major Crimes unit concluded that between November 2013 and January 2015, Covis and Marano filed false time sheets, indicating that they were working for the private company at times when they were, in fact, working at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

Covis and Marano were arraigned in Orleans County Court and released on their own recognizance according to a statement from the state police. Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman has been assigned as a special prosecutor in this matter.

In a statement, Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower expressed his “great disappointment” at the arrests. He said that both deputies have been placed on administrative leave and may be subject to further discipline, based on the outcome of an internal investigation.