A couple working as caretakers has been charged after police say they stole more than $50,000 from victims in Rhinebeck.
New York State Police say that Shelby Blanchard, 32, and Alan Blanchard, 35, both of Red Hook, were allegedly employed by the victims in a caretaking capacity and used their positions to gain access to their personal and financial accounts.
Over the course of two years, the Blanchards stole more than $50,000 using bank/credit cards, personal checks and ATM withdrawals from the victims’ accounts, according to police.
New York State Police from the Rhinebeck barracks arrested the Blanchards. Shelby Blanchard faces the following charges:
- Second-degree grand larceny, a Class C felony
- Second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony (four counts)
- Second-degree identity theft, a Class E felony (14 counts)
- Third-degree identity theft, a Class A misdemeanor (356 counts)
Alan Blanchard faces the following charges:
- Third-degree identity theft, a Class A misdemeanor
- Third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification, a Class A misdemeanor
- Petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor
- Sixth-degree conspiracy, a Class B misdemeanor
Alan Blanchard was ticketed and is scheduled to appear at the town of Rhinebeck Court on Thursday, May 9.
Shelby Blanchard was arraigned before the town of Rhinebeck Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secure bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, April 26.
Anyone who feels as though they may be a victim of theft or fraud by Alan or Shelby Blanchard is urged to contact Investigator Radewitz of the New York State Police at (845) 677-7300.
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