QUEENSBURY — The Moreau man accused of ripping off the family of a man who died of cancer is balking at the amount of restitution prosecutors are seeking on behalf of the people he is accused of defrauding.
Patrick C. Burch, 37, was in Queensbury Town Court on Monday for a status update on his case.
His lawyer, Tucker Stanclift, said his client would potentially be willing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor to resolve the case and move on with his life. But the amount of money being sought was far more than the defense was willing to accept. He would not disclose the figure, but said it was in the “thousands” of dollars.
“When he saw the restitution figure, he said ‘No way,’ “ Stanclift said. “He maintains his innocence.”
Burch was arrested last spring for allegedly stealing nearly $10,000 from the Sherman family after Queensbury resident Bruce Sherman died from brain cancer at the age of 36 in 2015.
Burch allegedly stole from Sherman’s widow, Keri Sherman, through scams related to work on a Jeep for Sherman’s daughter and motorcycle for his wife.
He took money that was meant for the projects, and he sold the Jeep without the family’s permission, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Burch has pleaded not guilty and is free, pending further court action. The grand larceny charge is punishable by up to 7 years in state prison.
Warren County District Attorney Jason Carusone said his office is continuing to prosecute the case, but it was unclear whether it would be resolved without a trial.
“The case is pending and our Queensbury ADA, Travis Brown, is working on the file,” he said.
Keri Sherman said the delays have been frustrating as she seeks justice, but she is not letting the case be forgotten.
“I am here to have my voice heard due to the cruel actions of this person preying on my husband while he was dying from brain cancer, and then myself and my children while we were grieving and trying to hold onto any tangible item that had connection to my husband,” she said.