Grand jury indicts Richmond Town Supervisor over bank records

Nathan Van Bortel Nathan Van Bortel

September 14, 2017 06:16 AM

CANANDAIGUA — Nathan Van Bortel pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a grand jury indictment of three felony counts alleging he illegally duplicated and stole computer-related bank materials.

Van Bortel, former financial planner for Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, stood with his attorney Robert Zimmerman before Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis, who read the indictment. Van Bortel is accused of first-degree unlawful duplication of computer-related material; criminal possession of computer-related material; and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

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Van Bortel was charged March 10 with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class A misdemeanor. He had left his job at Canandaigua National Bank in February. Van Bortel pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge, Zimmerman pushed for the charge to be dismissed, and the Ontario County district attorney’s office called for a grand jury to decide.

Now the case will head to jury trial.

“This is being spun as criminal conduct by the bank,” Zimmerman said Wednesday after leaving the courtroom.

According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 15, 2017, Van Bortel copied, reproduced or duplicated computer data or computer programs of Canandaigua National Bank and Trust “and thereby intentionally and wrongfully deprived or appropriated” from the bank “an economic value or benefit in excess” of $2,500.

Sometime between Feb. 15 and March 1, Van Bortel, “with no right to do so” knowingly possessed in any form, copies, reproductions or duplicates of computer data or computer programs that were copied, reproduced or duplicated in violation of state law, according to the indictment.

On the third count, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, it is alleged that between Feb. 15 and March 1, Van Bortel possessed stolen property from the bank with a value exceeding $3,000.

The case is to be back in court Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. for pre-trial motions, with Nov. 14 set for pre-trial hearings at 11 a.m. No trial date was set.

Dennis released Van Bortel, saying “don’t get arrested” and attend all court dates.

Van Bortel is the Richmond town supervisor. He is not seeking re-election.


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