Judge Throws Out Charges Against Local Customs Officer

MGN Online


A federal judge has dismissed charges accusing a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer at Alexandria Bay of stealing $21.50 in crossing fees.

In December, a federal jury convicted Todd Tyo of Heuvelton on two counts of falsifying records while on the job, while clearing him of charges of theft of government funds and concealing evidence. 

Prosecutors said Tyo took a total of $21.50 from two truckers in 2011 and then falsely entered "no sale" in the register.

On Friday, a federal judge ruled the government failed to prove that Tyo stole the money because "the daily records upon which the government bases its proof are completely unreliable.  The records do not support the fact that any money was even missing, let alone that the defendant stole $10.75 on the two dates in question.  This conclusion is supported by the jury's verdict that the defendant was not guilty of stealing any money between March 2011 and August 10, 2011."

Tyo's attorney said his client will now be seeking his job back as well as restoration of back pay and seniority.

Based on the jury's original verdict, Tyo could have faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

See news release from Tyo's attorney

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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