A Pawling man has been sentenced to prison time and ordered to pay nearly $200,000 restitution for stealing from a cemetery where he worked. Robert Bauer was ordered to 1.5 to 4.5 years in prison when he was sentenced on Friday.
He was superintendent of Raymond Hill Cemetery from 2010 through 2015 and was convicted of submitting fake invoices to the Carmel cemetery for work he did not performed and materials he didn't buy. In one case, Bauer submitted a forged document he claimed was from a vendor.
During the investigation, the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office uncovered evidence that Bauer had stolen from other cemeteries and was separately charged in October. Bauer pleaded guilty to three additional charges for scams involving Ballard Barrett Cemetery, Union Valley Cemetery, Putnam County Monuments, and Bulldog Concrete.
At sentencing, Judge Schwartz described Bauer as a “brazen thief.”