The dock master at a yacht club in the Capital Region is facing two felony charges alleging insurance fraud.

New York State Police started their investigation after a complaint from the Schenectady Yacht Club in Clifton Park. It's alleged that Derek Sutherland of Broadalbin, NY, who worked as the club's Dock Master forged multiple invoices on the business's letterhead, police said in announcing the arrest. The invoices falsely documented Sutherland's work hours, reflected he had worked hours he hadn't, state police investigators say. Additionally, it's alleged he also submitted the invoices to an insurance company seeking direct reimbursement, police said.

The 49-year-old man is charged with Falsifying Business Records in the first-degree, a class E felony, and Insurance Fraud in the third-degree, a class D felony, troopers said.

Sutherland was issued appearance tickets on the charges and is due to answer the charges in court this week.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: This post is for informational purposes only. Any charges or accusations of wrongdoing mentioned in the article are only allegations and the reader is reminded that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.]

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