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LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A local man who again stands accused of fraud and theft-related crimes after allegedly defrauding families in Livingston, Monroe, Steuben, Ontario, Genesee and Orleans counties threw off the gloves on Tuesday morning and scheduled a trial.
Douglas Shanley, Jr., 37, also known as Douglas Stanley, or Jesse James Construction, or Five Brothers Construction, was apprehended in Tennessee and turned over to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office after Tennessee law enforcement found that he was using false aliases, and was charged with four counts of felony Forgery, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and Petit Larceny.
According to Shanley’s attorney, Michael Stivers, all felony charges have at this point been thrown out and trial will proceed on misdemeanor charges only.
District Attorney Greg McCaffrey said at Shanley’s arraignment following his extradition in October that his office has information that suggests that Shanley has been fleeing for some time, and that he has changed his name several times.
McCaffrey also went into great detail about Shanley’s past with convictions of this nature at the October arraignment, including a July 2003 conviction for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in Genesee County, and a 1999 Attempted Burglary Conviction. McCaffrey went on to say that while on probation for the Attempted Burglary charge, he became violent and went to state prison for two years.
Shanley bonded out of jail after his extradition, but was immediately rearrested on a warrant out of Mount Morris for another alleged contracting fraud. The new warrant alleged that Shanley had passed two bad checks, totaling $855, to a subject in the Town of Mount Morris back in December of 2012.
Jury selection for trial is now scheduled for May 20.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)