SCHENECTADY - A Schenectady woman worked with a local used car dealer to fake vehicle transfer documents, authorities allege.
Authorities with the state Department of Motor Vehicles last week filed charges against Sarah E. Partak, 38, of Union Street, Schenectady, and Daniel A. Sickles, 51, of Halfmoon.
Sickles is described in paperwork filed in court as owner of Community Auto & Truck sales, 430 Broadway, Schenectady.
Sickles faces two counts in the alleged scheme, while Partak faces a total of 32 separate counts, according to allegations filed in court.
The new charges against Partak also follow charges filed against her in June related to allegations she possessed an altered license plate and tampered with evidence.
Sickles and Partak were charged this past week and accused of conspiring to illegally sell vehicles under the name of a Texas dealership, according to the DMV allegations.
Partak is accused of transferring ownership "of more than 10 vehicles that she obtained from Community Auto and Truck Sales" and multiple auto auction locations while representing herself to be an authorized seller or agent of the Texas dealership, when she was not actually licensed in Texas.
Partak "defrauded vehicle purchasers into believing they were purchasing vehicles from an authorized Seller/Agent" of the Texas dealership, the DMV alleges.
Sickles "intentionally aided, and profited from, Ms. Partak's illegal conduct, bypassed laws and regulations applicable to used car dealerships operating in New York State," the DMV investigators allege.
Authorities contend the scheme lasted from April 2 to June 13.
Sickles faces one count of scheme to defraud, a felony, along with one count of fifth-degree conspiracy, a misdemeanor.
Partak faces one count each of the same charges as Sickles, as well as 18 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, 10 counts of first-degree falsifying business records and one count each of third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies.
The forged instrument and falsifying records charges each relate to separate alleged forged documents Partak is accused of completing.
The welfare fraud and offering a false instrument counts relate to allegations she illegally received more than $3,000 in food stamp benefits from December to May by failing to inform Social Services of her income and employment.
Partak was arrested June 19 in Schenectady and charged with one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and tampering with physical evidence, felonies.
She was accused then of possessing an altered Texas dealer plate on a car at her residence at about 10:40 a.m. that day. The plate expired May 10, but had been illegally altered to extend its expiration date to June 30, according to the police allegations.
A Schenectady County Sheriff's deputy then told her motor vehicles was coming to take the plates and then "she intentionally removed those plates from the vehicle and brought them in her house" in an attempt to conceal them, according to the allegations filed then.
It was unclear from the June paperwork filed in court what prompted the exchange.