Chatham man gets prison time for stealing from customers

A Chatham man was sentenced to prison today, for taking money from his customers, and not providing the services. The Columbia County D.A.'s Office reports, Richard Dick will serve 1 to 3 years in prison, and will have to pay $77,172.89 in restitution.

The sentence follows his guilty plea last year:

On October 10, 2018, Richard Dick was convicted by plea in County Court of two (2) Counts of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, Honorable Richard M. Koweek presiding. The Court will sentence Richard Dick on April 8, 2019. The New York State Police investigated this matter and arrested Richard Dick. William Pretsch represents Richard Dick. (SCI No. 059-18)

Here is the original press release from 2018:

Chatham man arrested for defrauding victim


Major Richard L. Mazzone

Troop K Commander


Greenport, New York – On October 11, 2018, the New York State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested Richard A. Dick, age 43, of Chatham, New York, Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

On October 3, 2018, Troopers received a complaint that Richard Dick engaged into a verbal contract to complete mechanical work which included the replacement of two front tires, replace both front wheel bearings, replace the right front tie rod and perform an alignment on a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser. However, Mr. Dick deprived the complainant of his financial compensation by wrongfully taking, and retaining payment in full when the services agreed upon had not been completed. Mr. Dick took possession of the complainant’s financial compensation through trickery under false pretense; purporting that all agreed upon work had been completed per the verbal contract and agreement. After a week-long investigation it was determined that not all the work was completed Mr. Dick was arrested.

Mr. Dick was arraigned before the Tow of Greenport Court where he was subsequently released on his own recognizance. Dick is scheduled to appear before the Court on October 29, 2018, at 3:00 pm.

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