LOCKPORT, N.Y. - A Niagara County probation officer is accused of stealing painkillers from probationers under his supervision.

Officer Matthew Fender is charged with one count of Tampering with Public Records, a class D felony, one class of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, eight counts of Official Misconduct, class A misdemeanors, and eight counts of Petit Larceny, and class A misdemeanors.

Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said Fender's arrest was the culmination of a thorough investigation between the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office, with help from Niagara County Probation Director John J. Cicchetti and staff.

Fender was arraigned Wednesday in Lockport City Court.