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March 8, 2013

Police Log: March 8, 2013

NOT GUILTY VERDICT

PLATTSBURGH — An inmate at Clinton Correctional Facility was found not guilty of felony charges.

Josue Deliser was indicted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree promoting prison contraband, both felonies.

It is alleged that Deliser possessed a sharpened toothbrush while in a hallway of the prison on March 12, 2011, which he denied, according to a press release from O’Connell and Aronowitz law firm.

Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Evanovich served as prosecutor.

Deliser was represented by attorney Dean C. Schneller.

Schneller’s defense focused on the inability of the corrections officer to accurately observe Deliser in a crowded hallway, the fact that Deliser was attacked by two other inmates, and the lack of objective proof, such as fingerprints or video-tape evidence, according to the release.

FELONY CONVICTION

PLATTSBURGH — A Rouses Point man was convicted of charges associated with unemployment fraud.

Nathan Arruda, 34, was originally charged with third-degree grand larceny; first-degree falsifying business records; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, according to a press release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

The charges were based on allegations that Arruda stole $3,748.50 from the New York State Department of Labor by falsely reporting that he was unemployed when he was employed at USA International Express LLC, according to the release.

On Jan. 30, Arruda pleaded guilty to first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony.

He was sentenced Feb. 26 to one year in jail but was conditionally discharged on the conditions that he pay a fine, provide a DNA sample and remain arrest free for three years.

Arruda paid the $3,748.50 in upfront restitution to the state Department of Labor.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Marx prosecuted the case. Arruda was represented by attorney Matthew Favro.

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