Watervliet Woman Pleads Guilty In Fraud Against Elderly Victim

State Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Watervliet woman pled guilty in connection with her role in a scheme that defrauded an elderly Schenectady woman of nearly $1 million in assets.

Jennifer Miller, 30, of Watervliet, pled guilty to Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree, a class "A" misdemeanor, before Schenectady County Court Judge Michael C. Eidens, for her role in the fraud. Miller was implicated in the 16-count indictment of Noel Hasslinger and John May, who jointly operated Hasslinger Construction, a home improvement business, which allegedly defrauded Constance O. Davies, a 78-year-old retiree suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

One of the co-defendants, John May, 36, of Schenectady, pled guilty in April, to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class "C" felony, as well as to Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, both class "E" felonies. May is currently in Schenectady County Jail awaiting sentencing.

Hasslinger, 39, of Brunswick, who is facing multiple felony counts, is free on $75,000 bail. His case is pending.

At today’s plea, Miller acknowledged that she helped Hasslinger, her former boyfriend, and his partner May, steal Davies’ money. She admitted that from September 1999 to April 2000, at the request of Hasslinger and May, she cashed a series of large checks written on Davies’ accounts totaling over $60,000 and distributed the proceeds to Hasslinger and May. All of these transactions occurred when Davies began an extended stay at local hospitals and nursing homes. These transactions included the sale of Davies’ automobile, in which a check made payable to Davies for $8650, was cashed by Miller three months after Davies was hospitalized and four months before she died.

Sentencing for Miller is scheduled for August 5 in Schenectady County Court.

The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Stephen J. Maher, of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau.

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