Oneonta man and woman charged following attempted scams

36-year-old Joshua Eckman and 46-year-old Michelle Schaffner, both of Oneonta (Photos provided by the Utica Police Department)

A man and woman from Oneonta are facing charges after they allegedly tried scamming local businesses in the Utica area.

Posted: Apr. 23, 2018 3:19 PM

A man and woman from Oneonta are facing charges after they allegedly tried scamming local businesses in the Utica area, according to the Utica Police Department.

On Saturday, Utica police posted a warning on their Facebook page about two people, Joshua Eckman and Michelle Schaffner, who were allegedly attempting to scam local businesses. Police say the two attempted to collect refunds on orders they never placed by contacting businesses and saying they received an incorrect order, then demanding a refund.

Police say Eckman, 36, and Schaffner, 46, who are both from Oneonta, were located later in the day on Saturday and arrested. They are each charged with misdemeanor attempted petit larceny and misdemeanor sixth-degree conspiracy.

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