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Police: New charges against man accused of Niskayuna elder driveway scam

Police: New charges against man accused of Niskayuna elder driveway scam

Police charged him in the Niskayuna case earlier this month
Police: New charges against man accused of Niskayuna elder driveway scam
Craig Kearsing
Photographer: Provided; Gazette file photo

SCHENECTADY - A Colonie man accused of scamming a 93-year-old Niskayuna man over driveway repairs is now accused of scamming a 95-year-old woman and a 65-year-old woman in separate Schenectady incidents, authorities said.

Craig E. Kearsing, 38, of Fisler Avenue, was charged by city police in the new cases last week. He faces one count of third-degree grand larceny related to the 65-year-old victim and misdemeanor petty larceny related to the 95-year-old victim, according to police allegations filed in court.

Kearsing is accused of accepting and cashing a check for $4,470 from the 65-year-old woman in July for work that he never performed, according to police allegations.

Kearsing is also accused of taking and cashing a $1,000 check from the 95-year-old woman last month for work that he also didn't provide, police allege.

The charges against Kearsing follow a third-degree grand larceny charge filed earlier this month against Kearsing for allegedly accepting payment of $5,200 from a 93-year-old Niskayuna man in July for work on his driveway that was never performed.

A preliminary hearing in that case Nov. 7 included testimony from the victim and police

Prosecutors argued Kearsing stole the money in a scam. Kearsing's attorney, Brendan Keller, argued that Kearsing did do work and there was no larceny.

The hearing resulted in the judge finding enough evidence to hold Kearsing. He remained at the Schenectady County Jail Thursday without bail.

Authorities have asked that anyone with knowledge of Kearsing's alleged actions to contact police.

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