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Chatham man sentenced in auto repair scam

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Richard A. Dick
April 19, 2019 06:49 pm

HUDSON — A Chatham man was sentenced Friday for stealing from customers who paid for auto repairs that were not performed, according to the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Richard A. Dick, 43, was sentenced in Columbia County Court to 1 to 3 years in state prison and will pay restitution in the amount of $77,172 to his customers.

Dick pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to two counts of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony in Columbia County Court in connection with a similar incident in 2017, according to state police.

Dick was first charged June 9, 2017, in Stockport after he allegedly stole more than $10,000 from customers for mechanic services and merchandise they did not receive, according to state police.

“In 2017, Livingston BCI concluded a lengthy investigation into numerous reports of schemes to defraud local victims on car repairs at the hands of Mr. Dick,” Senior Investigator Eric Barnes with state police said at the time of Dick’s arrest. “The BCI continues to receive reports that Mr. Dick is defrauding people.”

An investigation into the first incident began in November 2016 after a man contacted state police to report he paid Dick several thousands of dollars for two tractors that he did not receive.

State police investigators determined several area residents were victimized by similar scams dating back to 2013, state police said.

The fraud schemes were conducted out of Factory Tire Outlet at 133 Rossman Road, Stockport, and Dick’s previous employer, Jack’s Towing, formerly located in Hudson, state police said.

Dick was initially charged with first-degree scheme to defraud, a class E felony; and two counts of third-degree larceny in connection and with the incident, state police said.

The charge of scheming to defraud was dropped and Dick pleaded guilty to the two larceny charges in full satisfaction of the charges.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.

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