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SALEM -- A local real estate agent was charged with two misdemeanors Friday for allegedly falsifying documents related to a property sale in Salem, according to State Police.

Andrew W. Genovese, 24, of Queensbury is accused of filing a false water test report as part of sale last year, police said. He was charged with counts of falsifying business records and criminal possession of a forged instrument, State Police records show.

The charges stem from a May complaint from a Hudson Falls home inspection business, Assured Home Inspections, that had found a water test report had been submitted in a sale where it had not performed such a test, according to State Police.

Assured's owner, former Hudson Falls and Kingsbury Town Justice Michael Feeder, had learned of the false report when receiving an inquiry from mortgage company asking him where his bill was for the tests and determining no such test had been performed, officials said.

The report was for a property in the village of Salem that is on municipal water where a water test was not required, officials said. It had apparently been copied from another property sale where Assured had been used for an inspection and test and was submitted with the Salem property sale, according to State Police.

Genovese worked for Hunt Real Estate ERA of Glens Falls at the time, but no longer works for the company.

His lawyer, Jeffrey McMorris, criticized the case as a result of an "incomplete investigation" by State Police.

"There is nothing to the charges and we fully expect that once everything is fully investigated that it will all be dismissed," he said.

Genovese was released pending prosecution in Salem Town Court.

Police said there was no indication any other reports were falsified, but the investigation was continuing.

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