The embattled former head of the Urban League of Northeastern New York pleaded guilty this morning in Albany County Court just before his trial was expected to begin.
Aaron Dare, 39, of Albany, pleaded guilty to offering a false instrument for filing, a felony. He faces a sentence of one to three years, but remains free on $25,000 bail.
Dare rejected a plea deal Friday that would have sent him to prison for two to three years.
Dare was indicted in September 2007 on charges of second-degree forgery and offering a false instrument for filing a false property deed with the Albany County clerk for a $150,000 South End home. This took place after he pleaded guilty in November 2006 to federal charges of fraud and conspiracy stemming from more than $8 million in federal loans used in a scheme to obtain financing for housing projects.
He is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced on the federal charges on May 14.
Dare was released from jail in mid-December because of heart problems including congestive heart failure. Senior federal Judge Lawrence Kahn ruled Dare could recover at home, under house arrest.