A jury in Orleans County on Tuesday found former police officer and sheriff’s deputy Nathaniel P. Lorenz, age 47, of Holley, New York, guilty of wire and mail fraud charges while working as a state contractor.
Lorenz faces up to 20 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine, up to three years of post-imprisonment supervised release, and potential restitution.
Lorenz’s company ACME Power Washing Inc. received contracts from the New York State Department of Transportation to clean and seal portions of bridges in 2015 and 2016. The contracts totaled nearly $2 million.
Lorenz submitted fake invoices to the New York State Department of Transportation to cover up that he was not buying the materials to perform bridge maintenance contracts in the Binghamton and Buffalo regions.
United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith stated: “Nathaniel Lorenz ripped off New York State taxpayers by doing shoddy maintenance work on bridges New Yorkers depend on every day and then submitting phony paperwork to cover up his fraud. Together with our state and federal law enforcement partners, we will continue to vigilantly watch over federally funded contractors so that taxpayers get what they pay for.”
Sentencing is scheduled for February 14, 2019, in Syracuse.