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April 9, 2013 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that John Holmes (DOB 10/02/60) of 4 Francis Lane, Port Chester, New York was arraigned today on a Felony Complaint charging him with:

  • one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class “E” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony.

On March 4, 2013, the defendant, the owner of New England Sportswear, a White Plains police and fire uniform store, submitted a fraudulent letter of warranty for products sold by Blauer Manufacturing Inc., a Massachusetts public safety clothing manufacturer, in support of a bid submission to the City of Rye police department.

The product warranty was a requirement for the City of Rye to award the uniform contract.

The defendant submitted a letter ostensibly drafted by the owner of Blauer Manufacturing Inc. and addressed to “Jack” at New England Sportswear indicating that “Blauer will provide a warranty on new garments purchased that its styles will be free from defects in workmanship or materials for a period of one year provided the garments are properly cared for, used, cleaned and following care tag labels.”

The defendant knew the warranty was not provided by Blauer and further knew that New England Sportswear is not an authorized vendor for products sold by Blauer.

Bail was set at $1,500 cash or bond.

The defendant’s next court date is May 7, 2013.

He faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case.


Jack Holmes

Jack Holmes


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