An owner of the city’s celebrated Siro’s restaurant near Saratoga Race Course has been arrested on charges of forging paperwork in an effort to get a city permit to open the restaurant last summer, city police said.
Scott R. Solomon, 35, of Cohoes, turned himself in to face an arrest warrant on Thursday, police said. He was released on his own recognizance.
Solomon faces two counts of second-degree forgery, one involving an official document and one involving legal documents such as contracts, two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, and two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. All are felonies that could result in state prison time.
Police said they started an investigation in August because there were concerns about paperwork Solomon had filed with the city in an effort to get a permit needed to open Siro’s, which traditionally has only been open each year only during the few weeks of the thoroughbred racing season. The permit wasn’t issued.
The restaurant at 168 Lincoln Ave., well-known for its wealthy and celebrity customers and post-race live music and nightlife, never opened in 2020, when the pandemic prevented fans from attending the races. The owners and trainers who might otherwise have frequented Siro’s were in town, though, but city officials ordered it closed after reports that it was either open or hosting private events despite not having its permit.
Police said falsified paperwork included insurance documents and a state Liquor Authority license. Police investigators worked with city officials, the Liquor Authority and other entities, leading to the decision to file charges, they said.
“Investigation revealed that both documents were indeed fraudulent in nature and the allegation is that Solomon was aware of that fact when he filed them with the city of Saratoga Springs,” police said in a Friday press release.
Solomon was involved with the Pig ‘N Whistle restaurant that was briefly open on Broadway as well as with Siro’s. He bought Siro’s for $1.2 million from Racing Restaurants of America, whose partners had included “Entourage” actor Kevin Dillon, in 2019.
This week’s arrest is the latest trouble for Solomon, who last September was arrested by state police after an investigation into misappropriation of money from Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s election campaign, for which he was an aide. He faces multiple counts of grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument in that case.
Police accused Solomon of fraudulently using several bank accounts associated with Sheehan’s campaign and creating a false invoice for payment from the campaign.
The Times Union cited depositions from Sheehan and her chief of staff, David Galin, alleging Solomon misused a campaign credit card to make nearly $22,000 in personal purchases.
Solomon also faced felony larceny charges earlier this year for allegedly writing thousands of dollars in bad checks. In that case, also brought by state police, Solomon was accused of writing checks totaling over $54,000 he knew was not covered by sufficient funds.