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Couple charged for scamming contractors in construction of baseball complex

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

An Onondaga County couple has been charged, accused of scamming roughly a half million dollars out of contractors and businesses in 2010.

According to authorities, a Florida-based business contacted the Otsego County Sheriff's Office in July 2011 to report that a bad check, written for $20,000 was issued to their business by Jerry Arsenault, 57, and Camille Arsenault, 58, both of Syracuse. The check was for bleachers that were delivered to the Diamond Dreams at Cooperstown Ball Park on Route 20 in the Town of Warren.

The Sheriff's Office said that after consulting with Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl, it was discovered that the Arsenaults had similar incidents with other businesses and contractors when they were building the Diamond Dreams at Cooperstown complex in the spring and summer of 2010.

Authorities said that there were 19 victims of the fraud discovered during the two-year investigation, with a total of $491,237 owed by the Arsenaults.

A warrant was issued out of the Town of Springfield Court for the duo and on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, the two were arrested at a relative's house in Camillus. They were each charged with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud, arraigned in the Village of Cooperstown Court and sent to the Otsego County Jail on $250,000 bail or $500,000 bond.

They are scheduled to appear in the Springfield Town Court on Thursday to finish their arraignment. If convicted, the Arsenaults face up to 15 years in prison.

D.A. John M. Muehl and A.D.A. William C. Green are prosecuting the case. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit in Kissimmee, FL and the New York State Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigation Unit assisted with the investigation.

Anyone else who believes that they were scammed by the Arsenaults is asked to call investigators at 607 547-4363.

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