Janitors Accused Of Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands From New York City Schools

school janitors stole money in new yorkFew use the janitor's closet as their ticket to stardom. The thankless post is often the province of those looking to make an honest dollar, and pay the bills.

And then there are janitors like Trifon Radef and Nicanor "Nick" Fernandez, who, if the charges being brought against them are proven to be true, stole "hundreds of thousands of dollars" from the New York City school system. Making use of paysheets at the Bronx-based Roosevelt and Truman high schools, the duo are accused of pulling off a raw deal, as opposed to the New and Fair deals made famous by the presidents whose names are emblazoned on their schools.

As the Courthouse News Service reports, Radef and Fernandez are said to have rerouted staff, created positions for people who weren't working or simply siphoned funds. Their total take is alleged to have been in the six digits.

"In addition, using DOE [Department of Education] custodial payroll funds, Trifon Radef paid custodial employees for work they performed at Radef's personal properties, for which they used DOE materials and supplies," the complaint states.

This is not Radef's first appearance in the news. An 8-year-old New York Daily News report, which may now need to be appended with a major asterisk, listed Radef as the fourth highest paid janitor in the New York City school system. Working at Middle School 158 in Queens, Radef was earning an annual salary of $170,145. The 10 janitors then making over $160,000 were then making more than all city officials, other than schools Chancellor Joel Klein and his First Deputy Diana Lam. The high salaries were a result of a contract negotiated by the members of Local 891 that allowed the janitors to collect two salaries at once.

And even before this latest round of charges, Radef has been the subject of numerous city investigations. Just last year, he was accused of forcing city workers to renovate his homes, according to the Daily News.

Those charges have been included in the current investigation. But back in 2010, a school punch-in clock was found in the basement of his house in Queens.



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Obz3rv3r

For those of you blaming "the Union": These guys are, more than likely, crooks. I am in the Union AND a head custodian and I DEFINITELY do not make 6 figures.

August 26 2011 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bmitche

A Janitor making $170,145 per year. With what teachers are making, that has to be a typo. !!!

August 26 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Religious Education

No surprise here. New York City school custodians have been ripping off the Board of Education since before Roosevelt was in grammar school.

August 26 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Religious Education

No surprise here. New York City school custodians have been ripping off the Board of Education since before Roosevelt was in grammar school.

August 26 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim9726

Look for the union label....one more reason to cut taxpayer paid jobs....

August 26 2011 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
slowhanddean

Maybe he could get a job in Obama's administration after all he would fit in with the other crooks!

August 26 2011 at 1:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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SMRTNUP

Bingo, Slow Hand ! . . . I'm all for creating new jobs in America but there are thousands of Government jobs that need to be eliminated and those people need to be working for private industry or small businesses ! . . For example, . . A real good place to start is at the very top, . . The Presidents SO-CALLED CZARS ! . . WHAT A JOKE !!! . . WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER'S MONEY !!! . . . And while we're at it, . . We need to run "BIG ZERO" out of our White House ! . . And then out of the country all together ! . . . I didn't or never would vote for "Zero" but, . . just the same, . . I'm imbarrassed by him ! . . .

August 26 2011 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
uncommonsensesc

And we wonder why our education system is freakin' broke! SOB - where in the hell has the common sense went? Why in the world would anyone get to draw 2 paychecks! What kind of idiot would agree to this? Another case of those swindling unions - but who agreed to it? Where are our systems of checks and balances??? There are honest people who need jobs and then you get crap like this happening! This pisses me off so much! Get rid of all unions and start over! Put honest, hard working people in these jobs and see the changes - and the money saved!

August 26 2011 at 1:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
arcoregar

$170,145 a year to push a freaking broom? Another reason why unions are killing us and jobs are disappering to foreign countries.

August 26 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lovedish

Since the schools do not control spending, as a taxpayer, I would file a lawsuit demanding a return on my "poor" investment, in so many ways could it be shown.

August 26 2011 at 12:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pennyshelbycobra

the janitors was making $3,300 per week or $85 dollars an hour if he worked 40 real hours.
hope he wore a mask....he was stealing the wage $$$

August 26 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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The Cat's Meow!

Your misstaking, remember that they said he received two pay checks.
1) 170,145.00
Plus
2) 160,000.00
Equals 330,145.00 diivded into 52 Weeks is 6,348.95 a week.

August 26 2011 at 2:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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