Schenectady County

Scams land con man back in prison

A Rotterdam man with a long history of scheming people out of money will be headed back to prison af
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A Rotterdam man with a long history of scheming people out of money will be headed back to prison after admitting Wednesday to taking another $18,000 from people in two schemes.

In court Wednesday, the defendant told a judge he took the money “to get by.”

Patrick M. Walsh, 50, formerly of Edgewood Avenue, was arrested twice earlier this year, once by Schenectady police and later by Rotterdam police.

In the Schenectady case, Walsh was charged in May with third-degree grand larceny, accused of taking more than $10,000 from an individual in exchange for restaurant equipment. But Walsh then failed to produce the restaurant equipment.

He was then arrested in June by Rotterdam police, accused of taking $8,000 from a town man for a car that the man never received.

Walsh pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, felonies. He is to receive 2 to 4 years in prison at his September sentencing.

Acting Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino took the plea.

Walsh, who is represented by attorney Joseph Litz, will be sentenced as a second-time felony offender. He has multiple convictions, accused of defrauding people.

In 2005, then an investigator with the state Racing and Wagering Board, he was accused of offering business opportunities to friends and people he met on the job, police said. The opportunities, though, turned out to be fake and Walsh pocketed the money.

State records show Walsh entered prison in 2006 on a 2- to 7-year sentence and was released in 2008.

He then returned in 2010 and was released in 2011. The 2010 case was for an Albany County Super Bowl ticket scam where Walsh collected money but never delivered the tickets.

Of the sentence in the current case, prosecutor William Sanderson said that Wednesday’s plea deal represented the strength of the case. Though he believes they could have gotten a conviction at trial, there wasn’t a lot of corroborating evidence.

The plea finalizes the case and puts another conviction on Walsh’s record, he said.

In the current cases, Walsh was also accused of offering jobs in the repossession business to four people, but only if they could give him $150 for licenses. They gave him the money, but he never got them jobs or the licenses.

From one victim, he took $850 for a washer and dryer he never delivered, and another took the $8,000 for the car that he never gave.

Walsh remains held in the Schenectady County jail.

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