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Rochester man arrested for grand larceny and identity theft

Rochester, N.Y. - A Rochester man is facing grand larceny and identity theft charges after an ongoing investigation.

New York State police say Steven Argento, 46, was allegedly using credit card information from one victim to get over $91,000 between the months of May and November of 2013.

Argento is the owner of Ramon Santiago Art Gallery, according to his attorney James Nobles.

Nobles said he worked with the victim, Gregory Polisseni, in the art community.

According to court paperwork, Argento used Polisseni's credit card information and withdrew over $2,000 on 19 different occasions over the course of six months.

Argento is charged with Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree, Identity Theft in the 1st degree and Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the 3rd degree.

"Here's something that's really interesting, this allegedly happened from May until November and he was never brought to court until April of the following year, so that tells you this is an ongoing business, financial dispute," said Nobles. "If this was somebody who stole your credit card yesterday they would have been in court the next day, so the fact that we're here now several months after this was alleged to have taken place in this period of time tells you this isn't a straight forward case."

We spoke with Polisseni by phone who said, "I hope he [Argento] gets the help that he needs."

Argento remains in Monroe County jail under $20,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 11.

 
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