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Colonie woman faces new fraud counts; Charged in January related to Schenectady County victim, troopers say

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COLONIE – A Colonie woman faces new felonies after a fraud investigation that began with a complaint from a Schenectady County victim, state police said Wednesday.

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Toni C. Fusco, 30, of Colonie, was charged last week with fourth-degree grand larceny, first-degree identity theft and first-degree scheme to defraud, felonies.

She is accused of illegally obtaining more than $2,000 worth of merchandise by credit card fraud, state police said.

Investigators were initially contacted in November by the Schenectady County resident who reported similar fraud. Fusco was charged in January with the same charges as the new counts.

Investigators then learned of another victim who had their identity compromised, along with four credit cards used to make a series of fraudulent online purchases in November, state police said.

Investigators eventually identified Fusco as the perpetrator in the new case after a three-month investigation, state police said.

The initial investigation began with a report that someone had unlawfully obtained more than $3,000 in merchandise by credit card fraud, state police said in January.

The Schenectady County resident reported in November that more than 100 fraudulent charges had been made to the person’s credit card in October and November, state police said.

Fusco turned herself in to investigators on the new charges. She was arraigned and released to return to court later.

The investigation into her activities continued Wednesday and additional charges may be filed, state police said.

Anyone who has had contact with Fusco and been the victim of credit card fraud should contact state police at 518-630-1712 or 518-630-1700.

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