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Drug den janitors sentenced in plea deal

January 26, 2010

ALBANY, NY — A janitor and his supervisor who admitted to spending time on the clock in a hidden lounge selling and using drugs have been sentenced as part of a plea bargain, according to the Times-Union.

According to the story, Supervisor Louis Marciano was sentenced to 5 years probation and ordered to pay $1,503 for defrauding the government while Gary Pivoda, a janitor working for Marciano, received a year in jail and was ordered to pay a restitution of $2,076.

Maciano and Pivoda were both originally arrested on a variety of charges — including grand larceny, official misconduct, criminal nuisance, cocaine and marijuana possession, using drug paraphernalia and filing a false instrument — and Pivoda was also charged with selling cocaine and marijuana, the story stated.

Assistant Deputy Attorney General John Prizzia described the activities to the judge: "Watching TV, sleeping, using marijuana, weighing, packaging and selling marijuana. Using cocaine, weighing, packaging and selling cocaine. And literally hosting parties where others — some of whom were state employees, some of whom were not — were invited onto state property, into the enclosure where they used cocaine and marijuana throughout the night."

Marciano''s attorney, Lee Kindlon, questioned the necessity of the case and the amount of money spent on prosecuting Marciano and Pivoda, the story added.

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