A Hudson Valley man took money from at least 24 people after promising them union jobs.

On Friday in Orange County Court, 58-year-old Michael Allocca of Wallkill was sentenced to one to three years in state prison in connection with a scam to defraud workers seeking jobs.

On January 6, 2017, Allocca pleaded guilty to scheme to defraud.

It was alleged that Allocca posed as a union recruiter from Laborer’s Union Local 731 and collected $150 from at least 24 people after promising them union jobs.

Allocca had no ties to the union.

“This defendant callously preyed on people desperately seeking employment to support their families,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. “No one deserves to be victimized while they trying to earn money to support their families. It is particularly reprehensible that someone would impersonate a union official in order to defraud those desperately seeking employment.”

As part of his sentence, Allocca was ordered to pay restitution to all of the victims who were identified. Not every victim have been identified and more victims are possible, officials say.

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