Shaftsbury man arrested in farm fraud investigation facing additional charges

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SHAFTSBURY — Police say additional charges have been filed against a man who was arrested for fraud in Shaftsbury.

Police continued a fraud investigation into Richard Blackmer, 38, of Shaftsbury, following his arrest on April 23.

Police allege Blackmer committed 45 additional counts of false pretense, 20 additional counts of bad checks, and a count of identity theft.

These additional charges have been filed with the Bennington County State Attorney’s Office.

Police say they are still investigating his case.

Anyone who had a fraudulent interaction with Blackmer is encouraged to call the Vermont State Police at (802) 442-5421.