Retired Senior Investigator Alfred Villani entered his plea in Village Court before Justice Richard L. O'Rourke, who ordered a routine pre-sentence investigation by the county Probation Department, then told Villani to return to court Feb. 8 for sentencing.He
has been free on bail since his
arrest and retirement last month.Villani
was suspended without pay Sept. 2, when the department lodged the administrative charges against him.Before that, he led the department's narcotics enforcement unit, which handles drug investigations throughout the county.He
was arrested last month after an investigation found he
made a false entry on sheriff's inventory records to conceal the disappearance of a $2,000 night-vision scope, court records show.Documents in Village Court alleged Villani
deleted "the serial number and other identifying information" for the missing equipment, "thus defrauding the county."Villani, 52, admitted to the charge last night, quietly uttering "guilty" when Assistant District Attorney Thomas Jacobellis asked for his plea.
...Villani's attorney, Robert Ponzini of White Plains, indicated that per an agreement with the District Attorney's Office, Villani would serve no jail time.
was arrested Nov. 18.The state notified the Sheriff's Office that Villani
, a 30-year department veteran, had retired effective that same day.His
plea last night should not affect his
ability to collect a pension.Villani
earned a base pay of $72,375 a year.
After O'Rourke accepted the plea, Ponzini escorted Villani
out of the Brewster village offices, where the justice court is located.
While every other defendant in the tiny Village Court last night waited in the courtroom for his
name to be called, Villani
was allowed to wait in a side room, away from the other defendants.His
name was the last one called, and he
entered the court after hearing Jacobellis call it.
The administrative investigation into the alleged misconduct by Villani
began after several members of the 10-person drug unit reported what Smith has described as "questionable activity occurring within the unit."