03 August 2021
 
  
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE
 Major Paul M. DeQuarto
 Troop F Commander
 

  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Lionel L. Rushford Jr
 
On July 30, 2021, State Police from the Catskill barracks arrested Lionel L. Rushford Jr, age 46 from the city of Plattsburgh following a fraud investigation. Rushford was charged with the felonies of Grand Larceny 4th degree and Scheme to Defraud 1st degree.
 
Investigation revealed that Rushford took money from numerous homeowners as down payments to perform landscaping, plumbing, fencing and other home improvement work. He defrauded numerous homeowners throughout the Hudson Valley in excess of $10,000. Rushford would collect down payments and then would stop communication with the victims and never return to the residence to perform any work. New York State troopers and investigators attempted to locate Rushford with no success.
 
On July 20, 2021 state police investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Lionel L. Rushford Jr. from the Town of Cairo Court. On July 30, 2021 Rushford turned himself in at the state police barracks in Catskill. He was arraigned in the Town of Catskill Court and remanded to Ulster County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Catskill Court on August 19, 2021 at 4 p.m.
 
Anyone who feels they may have been defrauded out of money by Rushford are asked to call the New York State Police at Catskill at 518-622-8600 and reference SJS # 10250533
 

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