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NY Attorney General Sues Over SUNY Pay Fraud Claim

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general has sued a former state university executive and the daughter of a once-prominent legislative leader, claiming they filed fraudulent time sheets that cost the state $165,000.

A complaint filed Tuesday in Albany says John O’Connor allowed Susan Bruno to file reports overstating the hours she worked on 47 occasions after she was hired in 2003 at the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.

She’s the daughter of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who retired amid a corruption case that continues in the courts. Susan Bruno resigned in 2009 over questions about her qualifications.

The lawsuit seeks triple the $165,000 in pay and $564,000 in civil penalties. O’Connor’s lawyer, Karl Sleight, calls the claims baseless. A message left for a lawyer who has represented Bruno wasn’t initially returned Wednesday.

The Times Union of Albany first reported the lawsuit.

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