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Special prosecutor assigned in false credentials case

Special prosecutor assigned in false credentials case

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BALLSTON SPA -- A special prosecutor has been assigned to the case against a Saratoga County man who allegedly provided court-ordered evaluations without adequate education.

The Saratoga County District Attorney's office on Monday announced that Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie would handle the case against Steven B. Feldman.

Feldman was arrested by State Police on June 4 for allegedly using false credentials to get certified as a mental health counselor in the state and get contracts with Saratoga County to provide court-ordered evaluations.

Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy said the special prosecutor was sought because Feldman's attorney is planning to call county officials and judges to testify on his client's behalf.

Murphy is not on the witness list, but his relationship with the judges and other county officials, he said, bars him from prosecuting the case.

Feldman, 60, of Saratoga Springs, is facing four felony charges, including offering a false instrument for filing, scheming to defraud, falsifying business records and felony grand larceny.

Police say he used credentials from Hamilton University, described as a degree mill, in order to get accredited by the state and work with the county.

Feldman, who has a practice in Ballston Spa, has received contract work from the county since at least 2006.

He is scheduled to appear in Ballston Spa Village Court at 4 p.m. Monday.


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