Emergency call operator accused of obtaining money under false pretenses

Emergency call operator accused of obtaining money under false pretenses

SMITHFIELD – A 21-year veteran E911 employee was arrested on Dec. 28 for allegedly obtaining more than $1,500 under false pretenses.

Following an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police Detective Bureau, members of the Financial Crimes unit arrested Steven Castaldi, 43, of 25 Coolridge Ave. in Smithfield.

Castaldi allegedly altered E911 work time logs for a year and was paid for hours he did not work. On 10 occasions, Castaldi is accused of reporting hours on days he was not present at work.

The investigation began from an analysis of data thought the E911 director’s office. According to the State Police, any person obtaining money under false pretenses may be sentenced up to three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.