Friday, June 2, 2023

City of Newburgh Man Nabbed by New White Collar Crime Task Force

A City of Newburgh man has been busted by multiple agencies in connection with a fraud case.

Reginald Williams, age 28 of Mullins Apartments in the City of Newburgh, was indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury today following an arrest last month. The arrest came after a nearly year-long investigation conducted by the Orange County White Collar Crime Task Force, the New York State Department of Financial Services, the Town of Newburgh Police Department, and the Town of Woodbury Police Department.

Williams allegedly acted both individually and in concert with others to open a fake business account in order to deposit a $65,000 check belonging to a local company. He reportedly did this without the company’s permission.

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler stated that Williams was charged with Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree. He was arraigned in the Town of Warwick Justice Court last month and remanded to Orange County Jail without bail. He is expected to be arraigned on today’s indictment in Orange County Court at a later date.

The multi-agency Task Force, which includes investigators from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and several other local police agencies, was created in March of 2023 to focus on enhancing the investigation and prosecution of public corruption and financial crimes.  The Task Force’s mandate includes the investigation of residential contractor fraud; crimes involving public integrity, public corruption, and ethics violations; embezzlement and other complex theft cases, crimes against revenue; wage theft and labor law violations. 

“My Office, together with the Task Force, will do everything in our power to fight fraud that victimizes the citizens of our county,” said Hoovler. “Cases such as these can be and often are complicated and require the time and resources now available with the cooperative efforts of the agencies involved.  I hope this arrest, and other prosecutions like it, stands as a warning to those looking to use fraud in order to enrich themselves: law enforcement is watching and we will seek to hold you accountable.”

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