Parole insider tips Albany gang
BRENDAN J. LYONS (timesunion.com)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
ALBANY — A secretary at the central office of the state Division of Parole has been quietly transferred to a new job after parole officers learned that she had been relaying confidential information from parolees’ case files to a suspected gang member in Albany, according to two sources and documents obtained by the Times Union.
The secretary, who has been working for the agency since March 2008, was reassigned in June after officials learned of the breach.
Several parole officers interviewed for this story said the agency did not alert Albany police or Albany County prosecutors about the security breach, which involved at least one parolee who was reported to be working as a confidential informant.
Internal agency documents, and interviews with people at the agency’s Central Avenue headquarters, show that the secretary worked for a unit attached to the agency’s chairwoman, Andrea W. Evans. The Times Union is withholding the secretary’s name because the agency declined a request to make her available for an interview.
“The Division of Parole declines to comment as the agency does not discuss personnel matters,” said Marc Violette, an agency spokesman. “She has been informed of your request and of the agency’s decision not to make her available for an interview.”
The breach was discovered around June 24 when a parole officer met with a parolee in Albany. According to notes provided by a different parole officer, the parolee told his officer that another parolee who is a suspected Bloods gang member had boasted of having access to confidential file entries.
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