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A volunteer emergency medical technician from Port Washington pleaded guilty Wednesday and admitted offering cash to an undercover investigator who he tried to pay to take a state certification exam for him, according to court records and Nassau County prosecutors.

Bernard Shore, 65, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. He was sentenced Wednesday to a conditional discharged with several terms, including a condition that he never be certified as an EMT in New York again.

The 10-year veteran emergency medical technician, who was a volunteer critical care EMT with the Port Washington Fire Department, failed a state recertification exam last May.

He applied through the state health department to retake the certification exam a few months later and posted an ad on Craigslist in June looking for a paramedic or critical care EMT to impersonate him and take the test, prosecutors said.

An undercover state investigator responded to the online ad and Shore alleged offered to cough up $400, telling the undercover that he would provide a forged ID card from the Port Washington Fire Department. Shore called the plan off just a few days before the test and told the undercover investigator that he changed his mind and would be taking the exam himself.

However, the chain of events told a different story.

Shore had been contacted with a second offer, but didn’t realize he was becoming the target of a newspaper investigation. The same day he axed the plan with the state investigator, Shore met with an undercover reporter from the New York Post who was also posing as a paramedic and offering to impersonate him during the exam for cash.

In exposing the encounter, the newspaper said Shore went as far as to hand over a wad of cash and a fake ID in an envelope to the undercover journalist, but sped away when he was told the deal was phony and he was the target of an investigative story.

The Port Washington Fire Department gave Shore the ax after the Post story and said they were cooperating with the district attorney’s probe.

Shore, who has served time in jail as a prior felon, will now need to pay a $500 fine, forfeit his last three years of pension credits and pay back real estate tax credits that he had earned since 2010.

He declined to comment about the accusations after his arraignment in August. Attempts to reach him Wednesday night were unsuccessful.

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