TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. –– Local auctioneer David Hall was sentenced this month and will be serving jail time for cheating a Tompkins County man out of over $227,000, in addition to having to pay back the money in full.
Hall, a resident of Spencer, plead guilty back in February to second-degree grand larceny, a class C felony, for taking items on consignment valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars and not paying out the proceeds to the consigner after the items sold at auction.
On Aug. 20, Hall was sentenced to serve 1 to 3 years in prison for his crime, and must pay full restitution in the sum of $227,100 to the victim.
The victim in the most recent case is just one of many –– a slew of lawsuits have been brought against the auctioneer for defrauding customers in recent years. In this instance, a customer consigned thousands of his late brother’s items to Hall’s Freeville-based company Worth Auctions and National Book Auctions back in Feb. 2017. Hall allegedly only ever paid out the seller $50,000 of the $325,000 he made selling the items.
Grand Larceny in the second degree carries a maximum possible period of incarceration of 15 years. Prosecuting attorneys asked for 4 to 12 years for Hall.
Ultimately, a judge handed down a lighter sentence for Hall after multiple community members, family and friends signed letters in support of the auctioneer and attested that the crime committed was not indicative of a malicious nature.
As part of his plea agreement, Hall must also refrain from any contact with the victim for 5 years.