Niagara County probation officer accused of stealing prescription painkillers from probationers

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Niagara County probation officer has been charged with official misconduct, tampering with public records, and other charges after it was alleged he stole prescription painkillers from probationers under his supervision.

Probation officer Matthew Fender was arraigned in Lockport City Court Wednesday on one count of tampering with public records, one count of second-degree falsifying business records, eight counts of official misconduct, and eight counts of petit larceny.

The charges are the result of a investigation between the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and First Assistant District Attorney Holly Sloma, with the assistance of the Niagara County Probation director. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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