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April 2, 2010

Businessowner arrested on felony charges

A Milford businessman was arrested last Friday on multiple felony charges following an investigation, Otsego deputies said.

Scott D. Pickwick, owner of Pickwick’s Motorsports on state Route 28, was charged with the following felonies: two counts of third-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, three counts of offering a false instrument for filing, two counts of scheming to defraud, and first-degree falsifying business records. He also faces a charge of using false statements or altering mileage registering devices, a misdemeanor, deputies said.

Pickwick said nothing he did was malicious in his transactions in the business that sold such recreation equipment as ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles and boats.

“We never knew we were doing anything wrong,” he said.

Statements made by a couple of customers among the thousands he dealt with since owning the business in 2005 were not accurate, he said.

Deputies said the investigation they conducted with the state Department of Motor Vehicles revealed Pickwick stole and schemed to defraud the following: more than $13,000 in document fees from more than 300 customers between July 2006 and 2009; $3,600 from a customer when he unlawfully sold her boat without her knowledge in Oct. 2008 and created a bill of sale with an inaccurate sales amount; $1,657 from a battery company, between January and March 2010, by making false promises to pay for products; and for overcharging DMV registration fees to 40 customers equaling $2,300 between 2006 and 2009. Pickwick also misrepresented the mileage on a motorcycle that he sold and filed false paperwork regarding the mileage and the sale of the motorcycle with the county DMV office in July 2009.

He was arraigned in Milford Town Court and was released on $3,000 bail from Otsego County jail, pending a Tuesday felony hearing, deputies said. He faces up to 26 years in prison, deputies said.

Pickwick said that the DMV looked at his record several times in the past and never said anything was wrong.

He is closing the business until the situation is resolved, he said. The Maryland resident said several employees will start their own separate, but similar business in Worcester.

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