The Schenectady man, on trial in Columbia County Court, for being in possession of 18 forged credit cards, was found guilty by a jury of one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. He was found not guilty on the other 17 counts. 23 year old Kareem Padgett is scheduled to be sentenced on January 26th.
Original press release from January:
PRESS RELEASEChatham, NY – On January 20, 2017, at approximately 9:58 p.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on I-90 for a speeding violation. The passengers, Kareem Padgett, 22, of Schenectady, NY, and Maliek J. Brown-Barrow, 20, of Brooklyn, NY, were found to be in possession of forged credit cards and marijuana. Brown-Barrow was placed in custody. Padgett actively resisting, prior to being taken into custody. Both men were transported and processed at SP Albany. Padgett was subsequently charged with:
- Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree; a Class D Felony
- Resisting Arrest; a Class A Misdemeanor
- False Personation; a B Misdemeanor
He was arraigned before the Town of Chatham Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.