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Man buys boat using fake checks

Arrested and charged with four felonies

Michael P. Bousquet

GLOVERSVILLE–Following an investigation by BCI members at state police in Mayfield and state police in Saratoga, troopers arrested 55-year-old Michael P. Bousquet of Ballston Lake, for two counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument, a class C felony, and third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, both class D felonies.

Bousquet was charged after it was determined that he had used two fraudulent checks to pay for a boat he purchased off the Facebook Marketplace. On Aug. 2, troopers said he met the victim in Gloversville to look the boat over and then agreed to purchase the vessel, providing the victim with two endorsed cashier’s checks as payment. The victim discovered the theft after contacting the banks that the checks were drawn on, and being informed that the checks were fraudulent. The total amount of the theft was $5,600. The victim contacted state police and troopers were able to recover the boat in Ballston Lake.

Bousquet was taken into custody by state police and processed at the Mayfield barracks. He was arraigned in Mayfield Town Court and remanded to Fulton County Correctional Facility without bail. He is due back in court on a later date.

Anyone that believes they may have additional information or may be a victim is asked to please contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at state police Mayfield (518) 661-5006. 

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