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Seneca Falls man faces new felony charges after pleading guilty to identity theft earlier this year

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports the arrest of a 30-year-old Seneca Falls man following an investigation into property damage at a home he was renting on Gravel Road.

Raymond J. Tortorello, 30, of Seneca Falls was charged with second-degree criminal mischief – a Class D felony, and petit larceny following the investigation.

Sheriff Luce reports that Tortorello caused extensive damage to a residence that he was renting, and also stole a wood stove.

Investigators were assisted by Officers from the Seneca County Probation Department and Cayuga County Probation Department.

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Tortorello was sentenced in November to five years probation for stealing around $175,000 from his Auburn relatives. In that incident, between June 2015 and May 2016 he used his grandfather’s identity to take out more than $130,000 worth of cash and loans.

He also used his grandmother’s identity to take out a $30,000 car loan.

Tortorello pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree identity theft, class D felonies, last August. At that time, Tortorello’s defense attorney, David Elkovitch, said Tortorello faced and pleaded guilty to similar charges in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“I take full responsibility for my actions, it was wrong … I shouldn’t have done it,” Tortorello said at the time of sentencing.

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann said Tortorello’s grandparents said in a victim impact statement that they “suffered a broken heart” due to that crime.

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