QUEENSBURY — The Fort Ann couple who went to prison several years ago for ripping off customers of their upholstery business are in trouble with the law again, at least the fourth time they have been arrested locally.
This time, the fraud allegations against Joseph M. Fusco, 54, and Jennie E. Fusco, 48, also include their son, who was charged in recent days along with his parents.
Jennie Fusco and Joseph F. Fusco, 25, of Fort Ann, were charged with felony grand larceny and misdemeanor criminal mischief in recent days in connection with a complaint by a boat owner from Queensbury who brought their vessel to the Fuscos for upholstery work.
The boat work was not done over the course of a year, and the owner finally retrieved the damaged craft and contacted State Police last June, officials said. State Police investigators from the Queensbury station looked into the complaint and filed charges in recent days.
The Fuscos have operated upholstery businesses from their homes and makeshift locations on-and-off locally for nearly two decades.
Most recently, they used the name The Crooked Stitcher.
Since 2001, the elder Joseph Fusco and his wife have been charged with felonies at least three times in Warren and Washington counties, and once in Columbia County, according to court documents and prior media reports.
They were acquitted of charges in Glens Falls following a 2001 arrest, but pleaded guilty to felony charges in 2008 in Washington County and were sentenced to probation. While on probation, they were arrested again in 2010 in Washington County, and both pleaded guilty to felony charges a second time and were sentenced to state prison.
Their son has not been charged in the previous cases.
The Fuscos have repeatedly said they did not plan to defraud customers, but were overwhelmed by their workload.
Jennie Fusco and the younger Joseph Fusco were charged Thursday and Sunday, respectively, in the new case and released, pending prosecution in Queensbury Town Court.
Police said the elder Joseph Fusco has been charged in the case as well, but was out of state as of this week and had not been arraigned.