Custodians charged with using school workers at home

June 29, 2011 10:44:13 AM PDT
Two Bronx public school custodians were charged with using employees to work on their personal properties in Queens.

Trifon Radef and Nicanor Fernandez were charged with improperly signing school payroll checks to pay the employees, who worked as many as nine buildings Radef owned in Queens.

The two were charged with fraud, embezzlement and theft.

The men were charged following an investigation by Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon, who found the custodians used their employees to work on personal property.

Radef wrote checks from the account of the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus in the Bronx to James Coppola and Frank Chambers.

Fernandez wrote checks from the Harry Truman High School in the Bronx to Michael Cunningham Sr., and Coppola.

Radef was a full-time custodian at the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus in the Bronx. He also had a night job Harry Truman High School, also in the Bronx, but rarely showed up.