Rotterdam man arrested in vehicle repossession scheme
ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - The Rotterdam Police Department says a man, who went by a false name and ran a false vehicle repossession business, has been arrested for scheming several town residents out of more than $8,000.
Police in Rotterdam arrested Patrick Walsh, of 3048 Edgewood Avenue, who went by the false name "Pat Love" last Thursday. They say Walsh befriended the victim earlier this year, claiming to own a vehicle repossession business. He allegedly offered jobs to four of the victim's family members and friends, claiming they would each need to pay him $150 for repossession licenses before they could start working.
In addition, Walsh allegedly claimed to have an uncle who owned a discount appliance store and agreed to sell the victim a washer and dryer set for $850.
Lastly, police say Walsh would regularly show up at the victim's home driving various vehicles claiming they were repossessions and that he could sell them at deeply discounted prices. The victim's son allegedly paid Walsh $8,000 for a 2009 Ford Mustang GT Convertible.
Police say Walsh never made good on any of these transactions, and has been charged with Grand Larceny 3rd-degree, a felony, and Scheme to Defraud 2nd-degree, a misdemeanor. He has been remanded to the Schenectady County Jail.
Police tell NEWS10 Walsh has also gone by the names Pat Ramano or Pat Ferraro. Police say he was also arrested in last month for allegedly taking $10,000 for a bogus sale of kitchen equipment.
Police say the investigation is continuing as they believe there could be more victims. Anyone with information is asked to call Rotterdam Police at 355-7397.
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