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Post date: May 19 2004

North Country Man Pleads Guilty To Three Felonies

Attorney General Spitzer and State Education Commissioner Richard Mills announced that an Elizabethtown man pleaded guilty to three felonies associated with practicing architecture without a license.

The defendant, Dana Paul Stanley, 49, appeared before Judge Andrew Halloran on May 18, 2004 and pleaded guilty to the Unauthorized Practice of Architecture, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, all class "E" felonies.

In New York State, a license issued by the New York State Education Department, is required to practice the profession of architecture.

"You simply may not hold yourself out as a licensed professional when your are not," said Spitzer. "And, obtaining building permits through forgery poses a clear risk to public safety."

State Education Department Commissioner Richard P. Mills applauded the coordinated investigation that resulted in the prosecution. Mills said: "This action reflects the commitment of the Attorney General and the New York State Board of Regents to protect the public and the integrity of the licensed professions. The Board of Regents licenses and disciplines 44 health, business and design professions to ensure the safety of the public."

Stanley was indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury on May 11, 2004. The indictment alleged that for a period of approximately three years, beginning in June 1999, Stanley claimed to be a licensed architect to four separate clients. Stanley initially approached these customers and offered to perform construction or renovation on their properties and told them that as part of the overall construction cost, he would draft architectural plans. Stanley presented the prepared drawings which bore an architect's stamp and a misappropriated license number. The defendant then submitted these forged documents to various local code enforcement offices in Essex County in order to obtain building permits.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 1, 2004.

The prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Gary Simpson of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. Investigator Michael Battisti led the investigation in conjunction with the State Education Department, Office of Professional Discipline.