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Orange County NewsFor Immediate Release Contact: Ryan Greenbaum Thursday, September 7, 2023 845.615.3657, 845.415.0868c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Pleas in Check Fraud Scheme that Defrauded Union
Multiple Defendants Admit to Defrauding Ironworkers Local 417
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Turgaud Dubuisson, 30 of Newburgh; Anthony Dubuisson, 26, of Newburgh; Robert Geter, 46, of Newburgh; Jishid Forrest, 22, of Newburgh and Marlon Tabora, 26, of Newburgh pled guilty in Orange County Court 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. Turgaud Dubuisson, Anthony Dubuisson and Marlon Tabora pled guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Jishid Forrest pled guilty to Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree. When the defendants are scheduled to be sentenced in December, prosecutors will ask for Turgaud Dubuisson and Anthony Dubuisson to be sentenced to three and one third to ten (3 1/3 – 10) years in prison, Jishid Forrest to be sentenced to two to four (2 – 4) years in prison and Marlon Tabora to be sentenced to five (5) years probation for their roles in the scheme.
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.
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 admitted conduct of these defendants is as abhorrent as it is brazen,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Sophisticated fraud that targets unsuspecting victims requires careful and dedicated investigation like was done in this case. The members of Ironworkers Local 417, and all victims of fraud, should know that my Office will do everything in our power to identify and hold accountable those responsible for their victimization. I commend the collaborative work amongst our law enforcement partners that helped to see this complicated case through to its rightful conclusion.”
Assistant District Attorney Alexis Gregory and Chief Trial Assistant District Attorney Richard Moran are assigned to prosecute the case.
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.