Adirondack horse camp operators charged with fraud

Natalia Fiedler and Travis DeValinger

LAKE CLEAR, N.Y. (WCAX) The operators of an Adirondack horse camp face fraud charges after allegedly bilking a customer out of nearly $3,000.

The New York State Police on Tuesday arrested Travis DeValinger, 46, of Lake Clear, and Natalia Fiedler, 34, of Lake Placid. They say the couple in July took a $2,880 payment from a customer with the promise of providing horse riding at their "ADK Wild Horse Camp" in Lake Clear. But police say they pocketed the money without providing the service or issuing a refund.

Devalinger and Fiedler were charged with felony Grand Larceny among other charges.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports it's not the couple's first run-in with the law. DeValinger was charged with aggravated sexual abuse this spring. In 2008 and 2012 he also faced grand larceny and fraud charges. Last year DeValinger also was the subject of an animal cruelty investigation involving his horses.

Police are urging the public to report any other victims of similar scams. They say the couple's horse operation operates under more than a dozen different names including: Ausable Equine Center, Saddleback Ranch, XTC Ranch, High Peaks Resources, High Peaks Equine Resources LLC, Adirondack Equine Center, Emerald Springs Ranch, The Ranch Camp, Adirondack Horse Rescue, Lake Placid Equestrian Academy, Wild Horse Camp, Wild Horse Ranch Camp, ADK Wild Horse Camp.