Editor’s note: This story has been updated following a correction issued by New York State Police regarding the suspect’s relationship to the vineyard.
LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWTI) — A man from Lowville has been arrested on identity theft charges, according to a press release provided by New York State Police.
On September 16, New York State Police arrested 33-year-old David R. Nisley, Jr. of Lowville following an incident at Tug Hill Vineyards last spring.
State police said Nisley is accused of using anonymous aliases to create several false reservations online, resulting in approximately $13,000 in financial loss for Tug Hill Vineyards on May 8, 2022.
According to police, he allegedly admitted to investigators that he made the fake reservations because he was upset with his friend’s former employer. Police say he expressed remorse for his actions, stating he understood the prank was not harmless.
Nisley was charged with Identity Theft in the First Degree, a class “D” felony.
He was arraigned in Lewis County CAP Court and released on his own recognizance, police said.