GREENWICH -- A veteran state parole officer from Greenwich was arrested Thursday for allegedly taking drugs from the parolees she was supervising and falsifying records about the drug seizures, authorities said.
Stacey L. Sullivan, 43, faces a felony count of falsifying business records and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct, according to State Police.
An investigation revealed she had been taking drugs, prescription painkillers in particular, from parolees and using them herself, officials said.
The drugs, illegally possessed by the parolees, could have landed them in trouble, but Sullivan would typically ignore the violations when seizing the drugs, authorities said.
Sullivan has been a state parole officer for more than six years and is assigned to supervise parolees in Schenectady County.
She came under investigation recently when a fellow parole officer noticed drugs Sullivan confiscated from a parolee were not properly logged as evidence, officials said.
That led to an investigation by State Police from the Rotterdam and Greenwich stations. Police said Sullivan admitted she used drugs she took from parolees.
The felony charge accuses her of falsifying evidence logs for drug seizures.
She was released pending prosecution in Rotterdam Town Court.
She would not discuss the case during a phone call Friday afternoon.
Taylor Vogt, a spokeswoman at the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, said Sullivan has been suspended without pay.
She has been a parole officer since July 2007. She is assigned to the Albany field office and has an annual salary of $69,796.