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Posted on: June 2, 2022

District Attorney Hoovler Details Indictment in Check Fraud Scheme

Orange County News
 
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District Attorney Hoovler Details Indictment in Check Fraud Scheme

 

Multiple Defendants Alleged to Have Defrauded Local Businesses, Including Ironworkers Local 417

  

Three Defendants Held on Bail, One Released, Two Others Pending Arraignment

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Turgaud Dubuisson, 29 of Newburgh; Anthony Dubuisson, 25, of Newburgh; Robert Geter, 46, of Newburgh; Marlon Tabora, 25, of Newburgh; Daniel DeLeon, 32, of Newburgh; and Tonya Best, 46, of Middletown were indicted by an Orange County Grand Jury in connection with a wide ranging fraud scheme that spanned from March, 2021 through April, 2022 and which resulted in a total loss of in excess of $250,000 to local businesses.  Three of those charged were held in lieu of bail at their arraignment.  Because of recently enacted bail reform laws, one of the defendants was released without bail and two of the defendants, who are pending arraignment, are expected to be released without bail.  The investigation into the scheme is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

As detailed in the indictment and in statements made in court, from March, 2021 through April, 2022, the defendants engaged in a scheme of depositing altered and/or fraudulent checks, belonging to Ironworkers Local 417, and other area businesses, as well as individuals, into various bank accounts, and then withdrew cash from those fraudulent deposits from multiple banks.  The defendants, acting in concert with each other, created fake business accounts to facilitate the check deposits.  The total amount of forged and altered checks from the Ironworkers Local 417 is in excess of $190,000 and the total amount of checks deposited from all victims is in excess of $250,000.  Judicially authorized search warrants were executed at a residence and resulted in the recovery of two loaded firearms, as well as financial information, blank checks and other items used to create and alter checks.   

The investigation was led by the Town of Newburgh Police Department and assisted by the Town of New Windsor Police Department, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigators, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the NYS Department of Financial Services.

“The allegations of fraudulently targeting institutions such as the Ironworkers Local 417 are abhorrent,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “All too often we see that behind the scenes of high-end fraud cases are illegally possessed firearms that serve to facilitate the operations of the scheme.  My Office will continue, with our law enforcement partners, the painstaking work to identify victims of fraud, to seek to make them whole and to hold to account those responsible for perpetrating the scams.”

Assistant District Attorney Alexis Gregory and Chief Trial Assistant District Attorney Richard Moran are assigned to prosecute the case.

Those charged include the following:

 

Defendant

Age

Residence

Charges

Bail

Turgaud Dubuisson

29

Newburgh

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2°
  • Grand Larceny 2°
  • Grand Larceny 3°
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 2°
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2° (multiple)
  • Criminal Possession of Forgery Devices
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3°
  • Grand Larceny 4°

Held in lieu of bail

Anthony Dubuisson

25

Newburgh

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2°
  • Grand Larceny 2°
  • Grand Larceny 3°
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 2°
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2° (multiple)
  • Criminal Possession of Forgery Devices

Held in lieu of bail

Robert Geter

46

Newburgh

  • Grand Larceny 3°
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2°

Held in lieu of bail

Marlon Tabora

25

Newburgh

  • Grand Larceny 3°

Released on his own recognizance

Daniel DeLeon

32

Newburgh

  • Grand Larceny 3°
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2°

Pending arraignment

Tonya Best

46

Middletown

  • Grand Larceny 3°
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2°

Pending arraignment

 

A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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