CLIFTON PARK -- A former owner of the now-closed Pig 'N Whistle restaurant in Saratoga Springs is facing felony larceny charges for allegedly writing thousands of dollars in bad checks, state police said Wednesday.
The man's defense attorney, however, argues the allegations would more appropriately be handled as a civil matter rather than criminal.
Scott R. Solomon, 32, of Saratoga Springs, charged last week with three counts of third-degree grand larceny and one count of possession of a forged instrument, felonies, as well as three counts of misdemeanor issuing a bad check.
Solomon is accused of presenting checks valued at more than $3,000 on three separate dates in September 2018 and then January and May 2019 to an individual named Todd Bush at locations in Clifton Park, according to state police allegations filed in court.
In doing so, Solomon is accused of knowing that there were insufficient funds to cover the checks. The incidents each caused a payroll company identified as TBM Payroll, which filings indicate Bush had a stake in, to suffer losses in excess of $3,000, according to the allegations.
The check from September 2018 is also alleged to have been forged.
A state police spokeswoman this week placed the total value of the checks at issue at more than $54,000.
Solomon is also accused of writing the checks while he was in charge of finances at the Pig N' Whistle, the spokeswoman said. The Pig N' Whistle, which opened on Broadway in Saratoga Springs in summer 2018, has since closed.
Solomon was identified in 2018 by The Albany Times-Union as a business partner of Jordan Bush, the owner of the Saratoga Springs Pig n' Whistle, in a story about the restaurant's 2018 opening. The paper also identified Jordan Bush as the son of Todd Bush, who owned the Burnt Hills Pig N' Whistle until it closed in November 2018.
The allegations against Solomon were originally reported to the state police Jan. 27. State police records show that Solomon was charged Feb. 13.
Solomon is represented by attorney Andrew Safranko. Safranko Wednesday called the case "more of a civil case than a criminal case." He indicated the restaurant closed in December.
Safranko argued Solomon's former business partner, the son of the complainant, was attempting to lay blame on Solomon, "which we don't believe is appropriate."
Safranko said Solomon was notified of the charges and voluntarily surrendered to state police.
"I think it's kind of a business dispute that kind of went awry," Safranko said.