MACEDON — A Macedon police officer will return to Macedon Town Court on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. to answer charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records, official misconduct, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and petit larceny.
Edward S. O'Konsky, 38, of Farmington, has been suspended without pay following an investigation by Macedon police into a theft in the department. O’Konsky allegedly removed evidence from the department for his personal benefit. According to a press release issued by Chief John Colella, it is alleged that O’Konsky stole about $2,200 from the Macedon Association of Police Officers, the bargaining unit representing the town’s police officers, through a series of bank withdrawals over the course of a year. O’Konsky was the association presidents responsible for the banking for his fellow officers. Due to tight evidence handling procedure alerted the department to the problem quickly, the press release stated.
O’Konsky previously worked for the Palmyra Police Department before taking a position with Macedon. He is the third officer to be arrested in Wayne County in the past five years — the second in the Macedon Police Department.
Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Martin, 31, of Fisher Road, Newark, was charged on Oct. 21 with second-degree offering a false instrument for filing and petit larceny after he allegedly falsified his payroll and was paid benefits he was not entitled to. Martin was released on an appearance ticket for Lyons Town Court and has resigned from the sheriff’s office.
In 2008, Heath Farabell, a former Macedon police officer, was indicted on 15 charges of perjury, falsifying business records, criminal trespass, official misconduct, coercion and unlawful imprisonment after he allegedly illegally entered a home in Macedon, unlawfully searched the residence and detained three individuals. He was fired from his position in the police department in 2007 after he was the subject of a civil service hearing to look into alleged misconduct not related to the indictment charges. In July of 2009, Farabell brought his bench trial to an abrupt halt when he pleaded guilty to second-degree offering a false instrument for filing for which he faced no jail time.
O'Konsky was arraigned on the charges and released on his own recognizance. The Macedon Town Board suspended O'Konsky without pay following the arraignment.
Local officials declined comment on the matter.