- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A 37-year-old man from northern New York who piloted commercial boats on Lake Ontario without a license is facing 4 to 5 years in prison when he’s sentenced in federal court.

Mark Anselm of Clayton ran a tugboat aground in 2012. He pleaded guilty to six felonies in November, admitting in federal court that he had no merchant marine license and presented false documents to marina owners and others to get work.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Benedict has asked District Court Judge Glenn Suddaby to consider a longer sentence because Anselm has a history of defrauding people.

Anselm’s lawyer told the judge his client has a history of mental health problems, including bipolar and antisocial personality disorders.

Sentencing is scheduled for Monday.


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