Switched bar codes lead to prison sentence

Michael Peterson was sentenced today to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison, after pleading guilty to charges from a May arrest by State Police. Peterson used false bar codes to steal merchandise from a Greenport business. The sentence was in Columbia County Court.

Original press release from May below:

St. Johnsville man arrested for theft in Greenport

NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Robert C. GregoryTroop K Commander


Greenport, New York – 

On May 2, 2018, the New York State Police from Livingston barracks arrested Michael G. Peterson, age 47, of Saint Johnsville, NY, for Falsifying Business Records in the 1st degree, a class E felony, and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

A joint investigation between Investigators from SP Herkimer and SP Livingston which began in March of 2018, led to the discovery of Peterson using false bar codes to steal merchandise from a local business in Greenport.

Peterson was arraigned before the town of Greenport Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

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