NY Official Accused of Using Funds for Own Project

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ A suburban New York county official
has resigned after being accused of assigning a government employee
to design the covers for two novels he was writing.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore
(dee-fee-OH'-ray) says the official, Gary Kriss, is charged with
four counts of theft of services, a misdemeanor.
The county Board of Legislators said Kriss faxed a letter of
resignation Monday. He had been the chief adviser to the board's
Kriss' attorney hasn't returned a call for comment.
Kriss was accused of using taxpayer-funded labor for personal
projects. That includes the covers of two books he's writing: ``The
Zodiac Deception'' and ``The Houdini Killer.''

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