Howard Scholl

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Service Record

Town of Tonawanda New York Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended November 2021[1]
Salary $84,960 (2019)[2]
Last Known Status Resigned[1]

Incident Reports

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2016 Off-Duty Fight

In 2016, Scholl was off-duty and became involved in an altercation with another man at a bar. The other man suffered a deep cut that required surgery.[3]

Response Timeline

Scholl was placed on paid administrative leave.[3]

The District Attorney's office investigated, but filed no charges due to a lack of evidence.[4]

In 2018, a lawsuit brought by the injured man was settled.[4]

2019 Arrest of Howard Scholl

Response Timeline

In February 2019, Scholl was suspended without pay.[5]

A passenger in the second vehicle filed a civil suit against Scholl over injuries received in the crash.[6]

On May 23, 2019, the Erie County District Attorney announced that Scholl and his wife had been arraigned on one count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree and one count of Insurance Fraud in the Fifth Degree, both misdemeanors.[7]

In August 2019, the State Supreme Court ruled that Scholl should not have been suspended without pay, but that the town should have used the union's collective bargaining agreement. Scholl was reinstated, and was owed approximately $200,000 in back pay.[8]

On June 25, 2020, the Erie County District Attorney charged Scholl and his wife with felony counts of falsifying business records. Scholl faced an additional misdemeanor count of insurance fraud.[9]

In May 2021, the state appeals court ruled that discipline against Scholl could be determined by the town, rather than a mediator, and that Scholl was owed back pay and benefits.[10]

On November 17, 2021, the state Division of Criminal Justice Services decertified Scholl following his resignation.[11][12]

On November 18, 2021, Scholl resigned and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of falsifying business records.[1]

After 6 months of good behavior, all charges will be dropped against Scholl's wife.[1]


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