A local man was arrested June 7 by the Rotterdam Police Department for allegedly scamming thousands of dollars from several town residents.
According to the Rotterdam Police Department:
Patrick Walsh, 50, of 3048 Edgewood Ave., also known as “Pat Love,” befriended a town resident early this year.
He told the victim that he owned a vehicle repossession business and that he would be willing to hire the victim’s family members and friends.
Walsh offered jobs to four people and told them that they would each need to pay him $150 to acquire repossession licenses before they could start working.
Lt. Michael Brown said while Walsh may have actually worked at a vehicle repossession business, he did not own one, and taking the $150 fees, he showed no sign that he would ever have the four residents working for him.
Also, Walsh claimed to have an uncle who owned a discount appliance store, and agreed to sell the victim a washer and dryer set for $850.
Walsh was paid, but never delivered a washer or dryer to the victim.
Finally, Walsh would regularly show up at the victim’s home driving various vehicles, and would claim that these vehicles were repossessions. He claimed that he could sell them to the victim at deeply discounted prices.
The victim’s son paid Walsh $8,000 for a 2009 Fort Mustang GT convertible, which he saw but never received.
Walsh has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and second-degree scheme to defraud, a class A misdemeanor.
He since was sent to the Schenectady County Jail.
The investigation continues. The Rotterdam Police Department asked anyone with have any information regarding this case to call the Detective Division at 355-7397.