LAKE CLEAR, N.Y. — The operators of a ranch were arrested and charged with fraud after allegedly taking money for services they failed to provide.
According to a press release, on Sept. 25, New York State Police, arrested Travis S. Devalinger, 45 of Lake Clear and Natalia B. Fiedler, 34 of Lake Placid. The couple allegedly took payment of $6,420 from two would-be customers, with the promise of providing horse riding services in July 2018. They own a ranch known as “ADK Wild Horse Camp” located at 776 County Route 18 in Lake Clear. After they received payment from the victims, Devalinger and Fiedler subsequently advised the victims they were canceling the services but the victims were not reimbursed for the payment they issued, police said.
Devalinger was charged with grand larceny third degree (a felony), conspiracy, fifth degree (a misdemeanor), and Scheme to defraud first degree (a felony). He was arraigned at the Harrietstown Court and released on his own recognizance.
Fiedler, who also uses the name, “Natalia Devalinger”, was charged with grand larceny, fourth degree (felony). She was released on an appearance ticket.
According to police, the Devalinger’s ranch is known by several names including:
- Ausable Equine Center
- Saddleback Ranch
- XTC Ranch
- High Peaks Resources
- High Peaks Equine Resources LLC
- Adirondack Equine Center
- Emerald Springs Ranch
- The Ranch Camp
- Adirondack Horse Rescue
- Lake Placid Equestrian Academy
- Wild Horse Camp
- Wild Horse Ranch Camp
- ADK Wild Horse Camp
In December, 2017, eight horses were seized from the farm and Travis Devalinger, was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Section 353. In May, 2018 he granted a six-month adjournment of the case with the possibility of the charges being dismissed. The horses were relinquished to a rescue.
If anyone has information regarding the current investigation, or believes they have been the victim of a similar scam, they are asked to contact New York State Police at 518-873-2750.
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