New York Man Charged in Alleged Horse Show Theft Scheme

A New York man is facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing more than $30,000 from a horse show.

Saratoga Springs Police Lieutenant Gregory Veitch said that in mid-July a member of the St. Clement's Finance Committee notified law enforcement authorities about suspected thefts connected to the St. Clement's Saratoga Horse Show over the past several years. Proceeds from the annual horse show benefit St. Clement's Regional Catholic School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., according to the school's website.

An investigation revealed that between April 2005 and May 2011, a total of $33,303.01 was stolen from the sale of tee shirts and souvenirs at the horse show, Veitch said. The alleged thefts were connected to falsified invoices submitted to St. Clement's for payment, he said.

"Police allege that Charles D. Walling would order a quantity of tee shirts (to be) sold at the horse show, submit falsified invoices in an amount larger than the actual cost, then keep the difference," Veitch said.

Police believe that the invoices were allegedly forged in the name of a legitimate company and submitted to the St. Clement's Horse Show which would pay Walling the amount listed on the invoices. Walling allegedly created six forged invoices between April 2005 and May 2011, Veitch said.

Walling was unavailable for comment.

On Sept. 13 Saratoga Springs Police arrested Walling in connection with the thefts, Veitch said. He is charged with six counts of second-degree forgery, six counts of first-degree falsifying business records, one count of grand larceny in the third degree, and one of scheme to defraud in the first degree.

"The grand larceny charge is related to the amount of money stolen," Veitch said.

A hearing on the charges is slated for Oct. 13 in Saratoga Springs City Court.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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