Saratoga Springs man accused of identity theft

Sunday, June 2, 2013
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— A Saratoga Springs man is accused of stealing a woman’s identity to create online accounts and use her tax return.

Matthew J. Raia, 24, is accused of fraudulent activity worth almost $6,000, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. He was charged with first-degree identity theft, a class D felony, and fourth-degree grand larceny, an E felony.

Raia cooperated with the investigation and was scheduled to appear in Malta Town Court this past Thursday. The Gazette was notified about Thursday’s court date two days after it happened.

In 2010 he pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary and was sentenced to five years probation. In that case, Raia broke into an apartment on Clinton Street and stole a Playstation 3 and a Madden 2010 football game.

According to his Facebook page, he is an employee with the city’s Department of Public Works. The most recent payroll records kept by the Empire Center confirm he worked for the city in 2012. Raia’s current employment status could be learned on Saturday.

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