Saratoga County

Convicted con artist from Halfmoon accused in new swindle; Forged checks for high-end vehicles, troopers say

Anthony F. Aubin - Credit: State Police (inset); File (background)

Anthony F. Aubin - Credit: State Police (inset); File (background)

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HALFMOON – A convicted con artist from Halfmoon has been arrested again, accused in a new car scam, authorities said.

Anthony F. Aubin, 30, of Halfmoon, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, felonies, state police said.

He is accused of purchasing several high-end vehicles by using forged checks and then selling the vehicles to third parties, state police said.

In one case, Aubin is accused of possessing a forged check written for nearly $40,000 and dated Sept. 7, according to allegations filed in court.

State police are now asking anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Aubin or Workhorse Rentals, LLC to contact investigators at 518-383-8583.

Aubin has been accused of multiple prior scams over recent years, newspaper records show.

He was sentenced to two-and-a-half to five years in 2018 after admitting to frauds in both Saratoga and Albany County.

In the Saratoga County case, he was arrested in October 2017, accused of leading the victim to believe he was purchasing claiming rights to two different harness horses.

The victim paid Aubin but later learned one of the horses pitched by Aubin was actually retired, and the other was already owned outright by someone else unconnected to Aubin.

The horse fraud happened during a two-week period when Aubin was free pending sentencing for the Albany County scam, one connected to a then-Schenectady police sergeant.

In that case, Aubin was accused of attempting to defraud car dealerships in Colonie out of expensive vehicles in September and October of 2016. Police said Schenectady Sgt. Jonathan Moore was a witness in that case, not a suspect. Moore, however, later resigned.

Aubin pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument in that case and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison.

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