Robert Bartlett Jr pleas guilty to fraud

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A St. Lawrence County man who was acquitted of killing an elderly woman has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, admitting to stealing the benefits of the woman’s deceased husband. Forty three year old Robert Bartlett Jr. entered a guilty pleas Wednesday to one count of third degree welfare fraud and three counts of first degree offering a false instrument for filing. The pleas came on the same day that jury selection was set to begin in Bartlett’s trial on the fraud counts. He admitted to stealing over $3200 in benefits belonging to Alvin Babcock from the Department of Social Services dating back to 2012. Bartlett faces two and a half to seven and a half years in state prison. Sentencing in the case is scheduled for September 28. Earlier this year, a St. Lawrence County jury acquitted Bartlett on murder charges connected to to the death of Betty Babcock. Her remains, along with that of her husband, were found on Bartlett’s property in the Town of Stockholm in early 2014. He was never charged in the death of Alvin Babcock

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