PLATTSBURGH — Another person pleaded guilty in connection with multiple vehicle thefts from a local car dealership.
Charles Allen of Saratoga appeared in Clinton County Court this week, where he pleaded guilty to an indictment outlining his role in illegally procuring 24 vehicles worth $136,150 from Garvey Hyundai North, LLC, on Tom Miller Road.
The Clinton County District Attorney’s Office said Allen worked with Richard Bashant and Julie Perry to obtain the vehicles before selling them for profit.
A jury trial was scheduled to begin on Monday, but he entered a guilty plea instead.
Allen is due back in court on Dec. 4, where he will be sentenced based on how much of the $136,150 he has repaid.
The DA’s Office said that because Allen pled guilty to the indictment, sentencing will be at the discretion of County Court Judge Patrick R. McGill.
Allen could face five to 15 years in prison or a minimum sentence of probation. He will also be required to pay a DNA fee and sign a waiver of appeal/post conviction remedies.
On Aug. 2, Perry pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny after she admitted to stealing $1,404,320 from the dealership while employed as a office manager there from March 2005 through December 2010.
She will be sentenced on Oct. 5 and faces five to 15 years in state prison.
Perry will also be required to pay full restitution, fines and surcharges determined by the court. She must also provide a DNA sample and pay a DNA fee.
Bashant appeared in court on Sept. 20, 2011, where he was sentenced to one year in County Jail, the DA’s Office said, based on convictions of fourth-degree conspiracy and petit larceny.
His jail time was conditionally discharged, pending a restitution payment of $19,733, providing a DNA sample, paying a DNA fee and the completion of 100 hours of community service.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Timothy Blatchley.
Assistant district attorneys Nick Evanovich and Katie Kopita also assisted with the case.
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