State Police continue to investigate fraud scheme in Fulton and Montgomery counties
The New York State Police Financial Crimes Unit continues to investigate a million dollar contractor fraud scheme that targeted dozens of homeowners and businesses in upstate New York.
The investigation, a joint effort by the New York Attorney General’s Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau and State Police FCU, resulted in the arrest of Robert Decker, a/k/a Bob Dale, 66; Scott Driscoll, 44; and Robert Langlais, 67, earlier this month.
The operators of SJR Enterprises are charged with defrauding dozens of upstate homeowners, subcontractors, and lending institutions.
The Financial Crimes Unit continues to investigate, as there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.
The investigation began in the summer of 2019 after numerous homeowners filed complaints with the New York State Police and the OAG’s Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau. Decker and Driscoll fraudulently obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars from dozens of upstate homeowners for home improvement work they never performed or failed to properly perform, as well as nearly $100,000 in fraudulent loans and materials never paid for as promised. They diverted the money for personal gain, including cash withdrawals and payments to themselves, for personal and business debts, and retail purchases.
Decker and Driscoll were charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony; 12 counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony; and one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony; Langlais is jointly charged with the Scheme to Defraud and one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. Driscoll and Langlais are jointly charged with three counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony.
If you believe you may have been a victim, you are asked to contact the State Police Financial Crimes Unit at 518-786-2192