The husband-and-wife proprietors of a Latham fish market and restaurant face a grand larceny charge for allegedly passing four bad checks to a Gloversville produce supplier, police said.
Lee Yattaw, 45, and Florence Yattaw, 31, of Cohoes, owners of The Original Two Cousins, turned themselves in to Gloversville police Tuesday. They also were charged with issuing a bad check, a misdemeanor. Both were arraigned in Gloversville City Court and released after posting a $2,500 bond.
Lee Yattaw referred calls to his attorney, Larry Rosen of Albany, who did not return a call seeking comment.
Gloversville police Capt. John Sira said the Yattaws allegedly purchased produce from Antonucci’s Wholesale Produce and Seafood in Gloversville with checks on four different occasions between Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. In each case, the checks were returned for insufficient funds. He said the check amounts were $5,288, $6,000, $4,000 and $4,000. Each check could represent a count of grand larceny, he said.
Sira said police were notified about the returned checks by the produce company Oct. 8. Police made several attempts to get the Yattaws to make good on the checks.
“We reached out to them several times for them to take care of the situation and they did not respond. Sometimes an attorney would contact us and say they would be in, and they would not show up,” he said.
At one point, Florence Yattaw went on a cruise outside of the country.
“She took a cruise knowing she had this issue to deal with. It is irresponsible and it is your business’ responsibility,” he said.
After nearly two months of trying to make the matter right, police took action.
“As of last week, we made contact with Lee and his attorney and told them they need to produce yourself or we will send another member of a police agency to track you down and bring you to Gloversville,” Sira said.
Gloversville police went so far as to contact Colonie police and state police about the matter, he said.
“Honestly, in the majority of our bad check cases, we will tell [the suspects] to take care of it. If you do not take care of it in a timely amount of time, we will arrest you,” he said.