A Bronx man has been convicted of a pair of grand larceny charges out of the Town of Locke, in what Cayuga County DA Jon Buddleman is calling a check scam.
45-year-old Heath Edmead was accused of using fraudulent checks drawn on a nonexistent business totaling $11,500 to purchase a tractor trailer from an unidentified victim back in 2014.
Buddleman also says Edmead has pulled similar scams in several other states.
Edmead faces up to 11 years in prison when he’s sentenced in January.
District Attorney Budelmann announced that his Office convicted HEATH EDMEAD (a/k/a Anthony Wright a/k/a Omar Stedman) of one count each of Grand Larceny Third and Grand Larceny Fourth. Edmead is a career con artist who has defrauded victims in several states by purchasing vehicles with worthless checks. The defendant sets up shell trucking companies to make the checks look legitimate. However, the checks are written on closed or empty accounts. By the time the victims realize from their bank that the checks are worthless, the defendant has already skipped town.
Edmead pulled off this scam in the Town of Locke on June 30, 2014. He “purchased” a tractor-trailer from the victim with two checks totaling $11,500. Unknown to the victim, the defendant’s checking account had a negative balance. Once the checks bounced, the victim reported the fraud to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office. The defendant was arrested on November 20, 2015 after he was tracked down to Riker’s Island jail in New York City.
After several delays due to the defendant’s charges in other states, the matter proceeded to trial this week in the Cayuga County Court. After deliberating for about a half hour, the jury of nine men and three women found Edmead guilty of both counts. The DA’s Office requested remand, but the Court set bail in the amount of $5,000 cash or $10,000 secured bond. Edmead did not immediately make bail and is currently in the Cayuga County Jail.
In addition to evidence of the Locke crime, the People presented the testimony of a victim of similar scam in Connecticut as well as the NYPD Officer who stopped that victim’s stolen vehicle in the Bronx. Notably, when the defendant showed up at the victim’s house to “buy” his Mercedes with a worthless check, the defendant was operating a tractor-trailer with “America’s Most Wanted Transport” scrawled on the side with magic marker (see photo).
Edmead is to be sentenced January 8, 2019 at 9:30 AM. As a previously convicted felon, he faces a minimum charge of 2-4 years on the conviction of Grand Larceny Third, and a maximum sentence of 3½-7 years. On the conviction of Grand Larceny Fourth, he faces a minimum sentence of 1½-3 years and a maximum sentence of 2-4 years.
DA Budelmann commented: “This defendant chose the wrong county to perpetrate his scam. We are proud to have secured these convictions and mandatory prison sentence for this defendant who has defrauded citizens throughout the country. We will ask the Court to impose the maximum prison sentence with restitution to the victim.”
DA Budelmann also commented: “I commend the work of Chief ADA Chris Valdina in securing this defendant’s conviction at trial.”
Edmead’s DOB is 3/10/1973 and his last known address (under the name of Anthony Wright) is 3037 Mickle Avenue, Bronx NY.