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Hudson Falls man charged in fake check scheme

2010-09-08T12:55:00Z Hudson Falls man charged in fake check scheme Glens Falls Post-Star
September 08, 2010 12:55 pm

FORT EDWARD -- A man with a lengthy history of financial crimes and mail fraud pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge for creating fake bank accounts and withdrawing thousands of dollars.

Spencer B. Durham, 35, of Hudson Falls, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for a scheme in which he created fake checks on fake bank accounts, then withdrew money from the accounts. He managed to defraud the banks of more than $1,000, and will be required to repay the money.

Durham has also been charged with grand larceny in Warren County for using bad checks on July 3, 2009 to buy an $8,400 pickup truck at Mountainside Auto Sales in Queensbury and a $539 television set at Quaker TV in Queensbury.

That charge is still pending.

He was on federal parole in a 2008 mail theft case, and has multiple felony convictions for other larceny and mail fraud cases dating back to the early 1990s.

Durham likely faces 1-1/2 to 3 years in state prison when sentenced Oct. 5 or Oct. 15 by acting Washington County Judge John Hall.

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