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Charges dropped against ex-highway dept. chief accused of stealing 8,000 gal. gas

WRIGHT (AP) -- A former highway superintendent in Schoharie County has been cleared of charges he stole thousands of gallons of municipal diesel fuel and used it for his own vehicles.
 
The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that a Schoharie County grand jury declined to indict 54-year-old Harry Beninati.
 
He'd been accused after a state police investigation of stealing more than 8,000 gallons of fuel from the town of Wright before he left office in January.
 
Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a felony charge of falsifying business records and misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and petit larceny.