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Military Scam Arrest / Alert

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:17 PM EDT
ALBANY COUNTY -- Police say he used his military uniform for his own personal gain.

A 20-year-old local National Guardsman is behind bars, and officials are
warning others about this military scam so they don't get ripped off.

According to Bethlehem Police, Robert Conde of Albany wore his uniform
to neighborhoods in Bethlehem and Colonie, knocking on doors and asking
people to donate money to support US troops.

But according to investigators, Conde used that money to support himself.

Conde has been charged with felony Scheming to Defraud and misdemeanor
Petit Larceny, Fraudulent Accosting, Official Misconduct, and Receiving
Unlawful Gratuities. It's unknown how much money Conde allegedly
collected.

He was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and remanded to the Albany
County Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000 Bail. Conde is due back
in Bethlehem Town Court on April 3.

Police are asking anyone who may have been contacted by Conde to call the Bethlehem Police Detectives Office at 439-9973.

The Bottom Line on this type of scam?

Dori Marlin reached out to the New York National Guard, who told her
that service members are never allowed to solicit funds in uniform.

So if someone tries to use that pitch on you, do not give them money.

If a soldier in uniform does come to your door, the National Guard
spokesperson says to get the name on the uniform and report the incident
immediately.

According to the spokesperson, the military will take action against those who violate the rules.Military Scam Arrest / Alert


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