State Police: Repeat dating-site scammer from Fayetteville back at it again

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Fayetteville man who spent time in prison for swindling multiple Central New York women he met using online dating sites, is back to his scamming ways, State Police said.

50-year-old James VanValkenburg Jr. was arrested on Sept. 6 in Schenectady County for allegedly creating a New York State driver’s license containing fabricated identifying information, which he then used to identify himself and create additional false documents.

State Police investigator George Bird tells NewsChannel 9 that VanValkenburg used a fake name to befriended several female real estate agents in the Schenectady area. They took him on tours of homes for sale that he had no plans of buying.

Bird said VanValkenburg also created profiles on dating sites using a new name.

No complaints have been filed by the female real estate agents he interacted with or the women he interacted with on dating sites.

Using this fake name, VanValkenburg created a forged Bank of America checking account statement that said he had $3 million in his account, Bird said.

VanValkenburg was convicted for doing the same thing a few years ago-- creating a fake identity to scam women for money on dating sites.

He was charged with a felony of second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

VanValkenburg was arraigned in the Town of Rotterdam Court and remanded to Schenectady County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.  



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