Guilty verdict upheld for Saratoga Winners owner

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AMSTERDAM, NY (WTEN) – District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that the conviction of Akiva Daniel Abraham has been affirmed by the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division.

After a fire was intentionally set at Saratoga Winners on April 30th, 2009, Abraham then filed a “Property Loss Notice” in an attempt to obtain insurance proceeds in excess of $380,000 when he knew the property had been destroyed by arson.

In August of 2010, Abraham was found guilty after a jury trial of (1) Count of Insurance Fraud in the Second Degree, a Class “C” Felony in front of the Honorable Dan Lamont. He received a sentence of 4 to 12 years in prison.

Abraham elected to appeal his case, contending that the evidence was not legally sufficient for the jury to determine that he was guilty of the crime. The Appellate Division rejected defendant's arguments, holding that the evidence was legally sufficient.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Sharp of the Appeals Unit successfully argued the appeal.

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