A Dutchess County man has been sentenced to state prison after stealing from multiple cemeteries.

On Friday, Robert Bauer, of Pawling was sentenced to 1 and a half to 4 and a half years in state prison, and pay a restitution of $195,850.50. Bauer had been the superintendent of Raymond Hill Cemetery from mid 2015 to mid-2015, and was convicted by a jury of grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument, two of falsifying business records.

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It was proven at trial that Bauer had submitted invoices and been reimbursed more than $160,000 for work he did not perform and material he did not purchase. during the trial they uncovered evidence that Bauer had stolen from other cemeteries by whom he was employed and vendors with whom he had done business.

He was additionally charged with three counts of grand larceny, to which he pleaded guilty. While Bauer was being sentenced, the judge described him as a “brazen thief”.