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August 15, 2013

Diamond Dreams owners charged with $500K fraud


Douglas Zamelis, an environmental lawyer from Springfield who sued the Arsenaults on behalf of neighbors of the baseball camp, said the couple obtained the approvals from Warren town officials “on the quick and the sly.”

“My clients and I found the Arsenaults business practices and ethics to be highly questionable,” Zamelis said.

Jerry Arsenault, in an interview last year, said he expected the business will acquire all necessary permits it needs from state agencies. Zamelis said his research has determined the camp is now owned by DHL Softball Enterprises, which is based in the Albany area and is currently awaiting state Department of Health approvals for the camp.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s office and the Utica Police Department as well as the New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force worked together with the Otsego Sheriff’s Office in tracking down the Arsenaults, Ten Eyck said.

The probe has been aided by District Attorney John Muehl, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit in Florida, and the state Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigations Unit, Ten Eyck said.

Investigators asked anyone who suspects they were ripped off by the Arsenaults to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 547-4363.

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