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Edward Lucas, ex-North Hempstead Town worker who falsified job application, gets probation

Edward Lucas, 59, of Great Neck, was arrested

Edward Lucas, 59, of Great Neck, was arrested Thursday, March 27, 2014, and charged with lying for not disclosing a federal felony conviction when he applied to work for North Hempstead town, Nassau authorities said. Credit: NCDA

A former Town of North Hempstead employee was sentenced to community service and probation Monday for falsifying information on a job application with the town, Nassau County prosecutors said.

Edward Lucas, 59, of Great Neck, was sentenced by acting County Court Judge Francis Ricigliano to 500 hours of community service and 3 years of probation, prosecutors said.

He had pleaded guilty in June to first-degree attempted offering a false instrument for filing, a misdemeanor.

Lucas filed separate job applications -- in 2009, 2012 and 2013 -- with the Town of North Hempstead, where under penalties of perjury he swore to the truth of his written statements, according to Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office.

On all three applications he checked "no" when asked "Except for the above traffic offense have you ever been convicted of any violation, misdemeanor, or felony?"

Rice's office said Lucas failed to disclose a 2005 federal felony mail fraud conviction fraud in which he "falsely overbilled clients of Lucas' hand-assembly and third-party mailing company, A.P.A.C. Inc., for postage and other services which were not rendered."

The false applications were uncovered by investigators after the town contacted the district attorney.

Lucas was hired in summer 2009 as a part-time attendant and then a full-time parking meter servicer handling revenue for the Port Washington parking district. He was fired in February 2013. His attorney didn't return calls.

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