HUDSON — Former Hudson police commissioner and Chatham village police chief Peter Volkmann was sentenced to community service Monday.
Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek sentenced Volkmann to a conditional discharge for a period of two years for fourth-degree grand larceny.
Koweek said as a special condition of the conditional discharge Volkmann would be required to complete 200 hours of community service with at least 100 hours of it to be completed by July 1, 2022.
Volkmann was also sentenced to an additional one-year conditional discharge to run concurrently with the felony level conditional discharge for the official misconduct charge.
In February, Volkmann, 57, of Stuyvesant was arraigned on seven complaints filed by New York State Police following an investigation by the state Comptroller’s Office, Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and state police.
Volkmann pleaded guilty to illegally taking $74,222 in state and local retirement system pension funds and $18,607 from the village of Chatham by falsifying mileage vouchers and other reimbursements. He pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class A felony, and official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.
As a result of his conviction, Volkmann was required to leave public office and pay restitution in the amount of $92,829, which Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty said at sentencing Monday was paid in full.
Volkmann’s attorney, William Dreyer, noted a probation officer had called Volkmann’s attitude “dismissive and casual about the crimes in question.” Dreyer said he wrote a letter to the court July 16 saying statements made by Volkmann in no way intended to impeach his plea and his conversations with the probation officer either “went awry or he did not understand the import of what he was saying at the time.”
Volkmann again told the court he was guilty.
“I take the full responsibility,” Volkmann said. “I have devastated my family, have devastated myself and I have lost my house, I lost my business, and I lost my standing in the community and I was trying to assert to her that once this has been completed I’m looking to find footing and move forward with my life as a convicted felon.”
Volkmann was a law enforcement officer for the bulk of his career, Koweek said. He said he did not see Volkmann’s statements to the probation officer as intending to impeach his guilty admission. Koweek said he accepted those statements as Volkmann’s attitude toward what he had done.
“I think that you know right from wrong,” Koweek said. “The idea of double-dipping is not correct. You’ve done good in your career, the Chatham Cares Program was a good program. You also messed up royally here.”
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