Former Northampton public works employee Charles Tenanes must pay $800 for unauthorized use of city equipment
NORTHAMPTON — The former Northampton Department of Public Works employee who had kept a city-owned brush hog for personal use was ordered to pay $800 in restitution to the city.
Charles Tenanes, 28, of 27 Long Plain Road, Whately had been charged with one count of larceny over $250 after the industrial-sized mower was discovered on his property during a DPW and police probe into missing city equipment and alleged timecard fraud.
In a previous statement to the Gazette, Tenanes said he had received permission from a supervisor to borrow the mower.
The incident exposed a long-standing practice of DPW workers using or borrowing city equipment for personal use, a practice Mayor David J. Narkewicz has since banned.
Tenanes pleaded not guilty to the larceny charge at his arraignment in June.
The case was continued on that plea pending successful repayment of the $800 by April 25, 2013 and no further trouble with the law until then, according to court papers.