N.Y. woman accused of fraud


BENNINGTON -- A New York woman is being accused of using the debit cards of two men without their permission, and forging checks.

Lynn Senecal, 43, of Hoosick Falls, New York, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to a misdemeanor count of false pretenses or false tokens, and from another docket, 11 felony counts of forgery, and seven misdemeanor counts of false pretenses or false tokens. She was released on conditions that forbid her contact with her alleged victims and she must comply with conditions she was placed under by the state of New York, where she was also accused of fraud.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective David S. Rowland, on Jan. 15 he spoke with a man who said he dated Senecal in the past and that she used his debit card to make unauthorized purchases. These happened at local restaurants throughout December and totaled $712. He also told police about roughly 12 checks written in April and May of 2013, about half to Senecal, one to the post office, and the others to the Veterans of Foreign Wars totaling $2,500.

Rowland wrote that on March 31 he went to the Washington County Jail in Fort Edward, New York, where Senecal was being held on what she said were charged related to an allegedly stolen credit card. She told police her husband and brother had committed suicide and her life had not been going well since. She indicated that some charges on the man’s card were made without his permission and some with his consent. Rowland wrote that she was in an emotional state and was not specific with her answers.

An affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Christopher Burnett describes a statement made by another man who accused Senecal of using his bank card to get an $89 body piercing.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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