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24-Year-Old Man Nabbed In Hudson Valley After Using Counterfeit Bills At Stop & Shop: Police 24-Year-Old Man Nabbed In Hudson Valley After Using Counterfeit Bills At Stop & Shop: Police
24-Year-Old Man Nabbed In Hudson Valley After Using Counterfeit Bills At Stop & Shop: Police A 24-year-old man was apprehended in New York after allegedly using counterfeit bills at a Connecticut Stop & Shop supermarket, police said. Brooklyn resident James Breland was processed on forgery and larceny charges on Wednesday, April 24 in connection with an incident in September 2022 at a Fairfield County Stop & Shop, Darien Police announced on Tuesday, April 30.  According to police, during the original incident on Sept. 25, 2022, three men allegedly used $80 in counterfeit bills at the Darien Stop & Shop at 25 Old Kings Hwy North. A Darien detective investigatin…
Democratic Committee Chair/Son Indicted for Campaign-Related Forgery, Rockland DA Says Democratic Committee Chair/Son Indicted for Campaign-Related Forgery, Rockland DA Says
Democratic Committee Chair/Son Indicted for Campaign-Related Forgery, Rockland DA Says A Democratic chairman in the Hudson Valley and his son have been indicted for alleged election-related fraud. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced Wednesday, Sept.13, that following an investigation into forged primary election petitions in Northern Westchester County, William Serratore, age 59, and Carmelo Serratore, age 24, in Mount Kisco, have been indicted and arrested on forgery related charges. The case was handled by the Rockland County District Attorney's Office due to a conflict of interest because William Serratore once served as an assistant …
$100K ID Theft Scheme: Trio Nabbed In Act At Auto Dealership In Hudson Valley, Police Say $100K ID Theft Scheme: Trio Nabbed In Act At Auto Dealership In Hudson Valley, Police Say
$100K ID Theft Scheme: Trio Nabbed In Act At Auto Dealership In Hudson Valley, Police Say Three suspects were apprehended in the act of allegedly trying to pull off a $100,000 identity theft scheme at an auto dealership in Westchester County, according to authorities. At around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, detectives were alerted by staff at New Rochelle Toyota that a possible fraudulent purchase of a vehicle was in progress at the dealership. Responding detectives found the trio at the scene, two of whom were unlawfully using names and social security numbers of real persons from Pennsylvania and Iowa to fraudulently obtain a car loan for over $100,000, acc…
COVID-19: NY Woman Distributed Forged Vaccine Cards On Facebook, Police Say COVID-19: NY Woman Distributed Forged Vaccine Cards On Facebook, Police Say
Covid-19: NY Woman Distributed Forged Vaccine Cards On Facebook, Police Say A New York woman is facing charges after allegedly distributing phony COVID-19 vaccine cards on social media, authorities said. Albany County resident Krystal Barton, age 36, of Cohoes, was arrested following an investigation by New York State Police. Troopers were first contacted on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with a report from the state Department of Health about forged vaccine record cards that were being distributed via Facebook. Investigators determined that Barton had provided a forged COVID-19 vaccine card to a healthcare facility in Albany in order to meet employment requirements, according…
Ex-Police Officer In Hudson Valley Accused Of Stealing More Than $157K From State Ex-Police Officer In Hudson Valley Accused Of Stealing More Than $157K From State
Ex-Police Officer In Hudson Valley Accused Of Stealing More Than $157K From State A retired Westchester County police officer and a former BOCES criminal justice instructor has been charged with allegedly swindling the state and local retirement system out of more than $157,000. Anthony Sciacca, age 67, of Poughkeepsie, was charged Thursday, July 14, by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Ulster County District Attorney David J. Clegg, and the state police. After retiring from the Westchester Police Department in 2005, Sciacca became an instructor at Ulster County BOCES teaching criminal justice and earning a salary of over $70,000, DiNapoli said. As a state retiree u…
Hudson Valley Man Nabbed Trying To Obtain Fake Debit Card, Police Say Hudson Valley Man Nabbed Trying To Obtain Fake Debit Card, Police Say
Hudson Valley Man Nabbed Trying To Obtain Fake Debit Card, Police Say A Hudson Valley man has been charged with attempting to fraudulently obtain a debit card in Fairfield County while impersonating the real account holder. The incident took place in Westport on Thursday, June 30 at the TD Bank located at 185 Main St. Officers responded to the bank on a report that a man was attempting to receive a debit card by impersonating the real account holder, said Lt. David Wolf, of the Westport Police. The suspect was still in the bank when officers arrived. He said his name was Edward Tucker and presented a Pennsylvania driver's license with that name, Wolf said. …
Six Residents From Area Accused Of Scamming $250,000 From Businesses Six Residents From Area Accused Of Scamming $250,000 From Businesses
Six Residents From Area Accused Of Scamming $250,000 From Businesses Six Hudson Valley residents have been indicted by a grand jury in a wide-ranging fraud scheme that costs area businesses more than $250,000. The fraud scheme targeted businesses in Orange County including in Newburgh and Middletown and ran from March 2021 through April, said the Orange County District Attorney's Office  Those arrested included: Turgaud Dubuisson, age 29 of Newburgh Anthony Dubuisson, age 25, of Newburgh Robert Geter, age 46, of Newburgh Marlon Tabora, age 25, of Newburgh Daniel DeLeon, age 32, of Newburgh Tonya Best, age 46, of Middletown. According to the indictment…
Four Busted With Drugs In Stolen Vehicle In Hudson Valley, Police Say Four Busted With Drugs In Stolen Vehicle In Hudson Valley, Police Say
Four Busted With Drugs In Stolen Vehicle In Hudson Valley, Police Say Four suspects are facing charges in Westchester after being busted with drugs and stolen property in a vehicle allegedly stolen out of Fairfield County. Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 in New Rochelle, the Westchester County Police Real Time Crime Center issued an alert advising that there was a stolen vehicle traveling into the city on Lincoln Avenue. New Rochelle Police Capt. J. Collins Coyne said that officers from the department were able to locate the vehicle on North Avenue near the Intermodal Transportation Center parking garage, and were able to confirm that the vehicle h…
Area Woman Admits To Burglary After False Claim She Had COVID-19, DA Says Area Woman Admits To Burglary After False Claim She Had COVID-19, DA Says
Area Woman Admits To Burglary After False Claim She Had Covid-19, DA Says A Hudson Valley woman has pleaded guilty to two burglaries after failing to show up in court after allegedly falsely claiming she had COVID-19. Brandi Wickliffe, age 46, of the town of Newburgh, pleaded guilty on Thursday, April 7, under a plea agreement that will recommend she serve six to eight years in state prison, said the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors say that in January 2020, Wickliffe entered a home in the town of Newburgh and stole an X-Box gaming system. After stealing the property, Wickliffe sold the system at a store in Poughkeepsie. A few days later, W…
Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Using Dead Person's Checks In Fraud Scheme Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Using Dead Person's Checks In Fraud Scheme
Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Using Dead Person's Checks In Fraud Scheme A 36-year-old man was arrested and accused of defrauding a bank out of more than $4,000. Ulster County resident Thomas Mann, of Clintondale, was arrested on Wednesday, April 6, and charged with eight counts of second-degree forgery, one count of third-degree grand larceny, and eight counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, according to New York State Police. State Police in Ellenville received a report on Thursday, March 10, of fraud involving a checking account of a person who died, police said.  Investigators found that Mann began using the deceased individual's ch…
Bookkeeper From Nanuet Accused Of Stealing $83K From Employer Bookkeeper From Nanuet Accused Of Stealing $83K From Employer
Bookkeeper From Nanuet Accused Of Stealing $83K From Employer A Hudson Valley bookkeeper has been charged with allegedly stealing more than $83,000 from her employer. Rockland County resident Margarita Guina, age 48, of Nanuet, was arraigned on Monday, Jan. 24 following an investigation that she used her position to steal funds from her employer, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh. Guina, who worked as a bookkeeper for Rockland Tree Experts/Wickes Arborists, was indicted on 31 counts by a Rockland County grand jury.  According to the District Attorney's Office, Guina was employed as the bookkeeper from&nbs…
Treasurer Accused Of Stealing $400K From Fire Company In Area Treasurer Accused Of Stealing $400K From Fire Company In Area
Treasurer Accused Of Stealing $400K From Fire Company In Area A 28-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Hudson Valley fire company, New York State Police authorities announced. In Orange County, New York State Police announced the arrest of Monroe resident Ian Harriton, the former treasurer of the Monroe Lakeside Fire and Rescue Company. It is alleged that while serving as treasurer, Harriton stole more than $400,000 for his own personal use. Police said that investigators were alerted to the alleged theft when the president of the fire company realized that bills for the department had been de…
Woman From Hudson Valley Accused Of Stealing $32K With Forged Application Woman From Hudson Valley Accused Of Stealing $32K With Forged Application
Woman From Hudson Valley Accused Of Stealing $32K With Forged Application A former SUNY professor from the Hudson Valley is facing charges for allegedly forging a grant on behalf of her school and stealing more than $30,000, authorities announced. The New York State Inspector General’s Office announced that Ulster County resident Cynthia Marcello, age 55, of Hurley, a former SUNY Sullivan professor, was charged with a felony count of forgery for allegedly stealing $32,400 through a phony grant she submitted. Inspector General Lucy Lang said that Marcello, a computer science professor at the university for 12 years before her resignation in 2020, found that she al…
Woman Charged With Stealing $1 Million NY Lotto Prize From Relative Woman Charged With Stealing $1 Million NY Lotto Prize From Relative
Woman Charged With Stealing $1 Million NY Lotto Prize From Relative A woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing a million-dollar winning New York State Lottery ticket from her cousin on Long Island, authorities said. Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith and the Glen Cove Police Department announced that a Texas woman was arrested and charged on Tuesday, Nov. 9 with stealing more than $500,000 in prize money from her family member, who had asked her to claim a winning New York State Lottery scratch-off ticket because he wanted to remain anonymous. It is further alleged that Houston, Texas resident Iris Amador Argueta, age 32, used forged …
Music Manager Sentenced For Stealing Thousands From Hudson Valley Rock Band Music Manager Sentenced For Stealing Thousands From Hudson Valley Rock Band
Music Manager Sentenced For Stealing Thousands From Hudson Valley Rock Band A music manager who took advantage of a Hudson Valley band to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars will spend time behind bars for stealing from his clients, authorities announced. Richard Clair, Jr., age 52, a resident of Ohio and former manager of the Orange County-based band “The Racer,” has been sentenced to one year in jail for stealing $50,000 from them while falsely claiming that he was promoting an album and concert tour. Instead, Clair used the band’s funds to subsidize his own personal expenses, which included groceries, fast food purchases, and over $8,500 in cash withdrawal…
NY AG Takes Down Auto Ring Linked To Theft Of Vehicles In Hudson Valley NY AG Takes Down Auto Ring Linked To Theft Of Vehicles In Hudson Valley
NY AG Takes Down Auto Ring Linked To Theft Of Vehicles In Hudson Valley Ten suspects are facing a host of charges for their roles in an auto theft ring that was tied to more than 225 vehicles, including some in Westchester. New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea announced that 10 members of an auto theft and distribution operation are facing charges for their roles in the theft ring. James said that the alleged suspects were charged for criminal possession of 45 vehicles during a six-month period and their roles related to the theft and resale of more than 225 vehicles throughout downstate New York. …
Man Accused Of Stealing Checks From Mailboxes, Vehicles In Hudson Valley Man Accused Of Stealing Checks From Mailboxes, Vehicles In Hudson Valley
Man Accused Of Stealing Checks From Mailboxes, Vehicles In Hudson Valley A 21-year-old has been accused of stealing checks from mailboxes and unattended vehicles in the area. On Friday, Sept. 16, New York State Police, in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service, arrested Robert Curry Jr., age 21, of Peekskill, after an investigation into larcenies in Northern Westchester County and western Putnam County. Police said the stolen checks were fraudulently deposited. Curry has been charged with: Two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony,  Petit Larceny, a Class A misdemeanor Fifth-degree…
Two Employees Accused Of Committing Illegal Activities At Area Auto Dealership, Police Say Two Employees Accused Of Committing Illegal Activities At Area Auto Dealership, Police Say
Two Employees Accused Of Committing Illegal Activities At Area Auto Dealership, Police Say Two employees of an area auto dealership have been arrested for allegedly forging paperwork and using fraudulent registration stickers. On Friday, April 30 in Ulster County, Saugerties Police along with the state Department of Motor Vehicles arrested 53-year-old Derek S. Winnie, and 54- year-old Deborah L. Ferraro following an ongoing investigation involving Winnies Car Dealership, aka, 9W Auto Sales, said Chief Joseph Sinagra. According to Sinagra, the two, both of Saugerties, were allegedly forging DMW paperwork pertaining to the sale and registration of vehicles, in addit…
Rockland Funeral Director Forged Death Certificates, DA Says Rockland Funeral Director Forged Death Certificates, DA Says
Rockland Funeral Director Forged Death Certificates, DA Says A Hudson Valley funeral director was accused of forging three death certificates to fraudulently withdraw money from pre-paid burial escrow accounts and arrested on nine felony charges. According to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II, 53-year-old Leonard Scarr of Warwick, the owner of the Scarr Funeral Home in Suffern, arranged for three individuals to deposit money into pre-paid escrow accounts between July 11 and Oct. 11 in 2019. Scarr then presented falsified death certificates to bank representatives in order to withdraw money, allegedly in amounts over $6,000 on all th…
Alert Issued For Area Man Wanted For Possessing Forged Instrument Alert Issued For Area Man Wanted For Possessing Forged Instrument
Alert Issued For Area Man Wanted For Possessing Forged Instrument Know him? New York State Police investigators in Hawthorne issued an alert as they attempt to locate a wanted man who allegedly attempted to use forged documents in Westchester. Police said that Richard Castro, 50, is wanted in the City of Yonkers following his 2015 arrest for possession of a forged instrument.  It is alleged that Castro was busted while in possession of a forged social security card and fraudulent Department of Motor Vehicle documents. Castro, who was last known to reside in the New York City area, was described by investigators as being 5-foot-7 weighing approxima…
Man, Woman Nabbed Trying To Scam Area Resident Out Of $21K, Police Say Man, Woman Nabbed Trying To Scam Area Resident Out Of $21K, Police Say
Man, Woman Nabbed Trying To Scam Area Resident Out Of $21K, Police Say A man and woman are facing charges for allegedly attempting to bilk a Westchester resident out of more than $20,000, police said. The Irvington Police Department and a Greenburgh Police Department’s task force arrested Bronx resident Bryant Pena, 29, and Genesis Cedeno, 26, for their roles following an alleged grandparent scam. According to the Irvington Police Department, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, a 97-year-old man reported to investigators that he was contacted by a man who portrayed himself as his grandson. The victim said the man stated that his grandson had been arrested for alleged impa…
Man Wanted For Cashing $4.75K In Fraudulent Checks, State Police Say Man Wanted For Cashing $4.75K In Fraudulent Checks, State Police Say
Man Wanted For Cashing $4.75K In Fraudulent Checks, State Police Say A Hudson Valley man is wanted by New York State Police after allegedly spending thousands of dollars using fraudulent checks. An alert was issued by New York State Police investigators in Wappinger for Torrance Smith, 46, who is wanted by State Police and the Town of Poughkeepsie Court following a fraud complaint nearly a decade ago in November 2013. Smith is accused of cashing multiple fraudulent checks totaling approximately $4,750. He was arrested, charged with grand larceny and forgery and later failed to appear at court proceedings. The warrant for Smith’s arrest was issued in Poughkee…
Man Wanted By Both Clarkstown, Spring Valley Police Departments Nabbed In PIP Stop In Rockland Man Wanted By Both Clarkstown, Spring Valley Police Departments Nabbed In PIP Stop In Rockland
Man Wanted By Both Clarkstown, Spring Valley Police Departments Nabbed In PIP Stop In Rockland A 23-year-old man wanted by police in both Clarkstown and Spring Valley was arrested following a Rockland traffic stop on the Palisades Interstate Parkway, police say. New York State Police say they observed a driver traveling northbound on the Palisades Interstate Parkway on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Officers initiated a traffic stop after allegedly observing the driver commit a series of violations. The driver, identified as Beauvoir, 23, of Philadelphia, had a New York State ID but did not have a valid driver’s license from any state, police say. Further investigation revealed that Beauvoir was…
Man Charged With Stealing $40K From Area Employer Man Charged With Stealing $40K From Area Employer
Man Charged With Stealing $40K From Area Employer A 21-year-old Hudson Valley man is in police custody after being arrested for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his employer over more than a year. Jonathan Bruno, of Rock Hill in Sullivan County, was arrested for stealing more than $40,000 from his employer over a year and a half, Fallsburg police said. Bruno was charged with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery, felonies. It is alleged that beginning last year, Bruno took checks from his employer - a property management company in Mountaindale - and proceeded to deposit them in his own personal bank accounts. Br…
Wanted Man Opened Fraudulent Business Accounts In Area, Police Say Wanted Man Opened Fraudulent Business Accounts In Area, Police Say
Wanted Man Opened Fraudulent Business Accounts In Area, Police Say Have you seen him? New York State Police investigators in the Hudson Valley are seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down a 25-year-old man who allegedly opened fraudulent business accounts to steal thousands of dollars. Damien Johnson is wanted for second-degree possession of a forged instrument after an investigation found that he opened fraudulent business accounts in the name Shimmy Rock LLC at local banks and credit unions. Johnson allegedly then deposited counterfeit checks into those accounts worth more than $7,000 and withdrew the money before the fraudulent checks cleared.…
Alert Issued For Area 32-Year-Old Wanted For Forging Prescriptions Alert Issued For Area 32-Year-Old Wanted For Forging Prescriptions
Alert Issued For Area 32-Year-Old Wanted For Forging Prescriptions New York State Police investigators in Montgomery have issued an alert for a man wanted for possession of a forged instrument in the Hudson Valley. Rogelio Lucatero, 32, is wanted by state police after an investigation revealed that he stole prescription pads while he was a guest at someone’s home. Further investigation found that he forged numerous prescriptions for controlled substance medications. Police said that an Indictment Warrant was issued for his arrest from Orange County Court. Investigators described Lucatero as 5-foot-8 weighing approximately 130 pounds with black hair and br…
Rockland Man Convicted In Identity Theft Scam Rockland Man Convicted In Identity Theft Scam
Rockland Man Convicted In Identity Theft Scam A 31-year-old man has been convicted of four counts of identity theft after being caught with a fraudulent driver's license and three fake credit cards. Nicos Dinkins of Spring Valley was found guilty on Tuesday, Aug. 6, by a jury of the fours counts of possession of a forged instrument, said Acting Rockland County District Attorney Kevin Gilleece. Dinkins was charged in connection with the possession of a fake New York State driver's license featuring his photo, but printed with the name “William Cooper," the DA's Office said. He was also found with three credit cards in th…
Area Man Gives Fake ID After Shoplifting At Mall, Police Say Area Man Gives Fake ID After Shoplifting At Mall, Police Say
Area Man Gives Fake ID After Shoplifting At Mall, Police Say A 25-year-old man who gave officers a fake name after shoplifting has been charged, police say. Officers with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department say they received a larceny complaint at J.C. Penney in Galleria Mall (2001 South Road) on Friday, June 28. Further investigation revealed that the suspect, identified as Dominique Hobbs, 25, of Newburgh, had fled the business on foot after stealing clothing, police say. Officers canvassed the area and located Hobbs. He was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit, police say. After processing, police say they determined that Hobbs h…
Don't Fall For It: Alert Issued For 'Clever' Fake Check Scam Don't Fall For It: Alert Issued For 'Clever' Fake Check Scam
Don't Fall For It: Alert Issued For 'Clever' Fake Check Scam Residents in the area are being warned about a new phony check scam that has been making the rounds in the region. There are several variations to the scam, officials said, but the most common involves a resident receiving notice that they won a “sweepstakes” with a faux check or first installment. Other versions involve letters from allegedly foreign countries that require the deposit of cash into a bank account for safekeeping, while others offer “too good to be true” or “work at home” proposals. Authorities said that, “the checks look real, and might have the names of real companies on t…
Wanted: Stolen Car/ID Theft Suspect On The Run Wanted: Stolen Car/ID Theft Suspect On The Run
Wanted: Stolen Car/ID Theft Suspect On The Run Seen him? New York State Police investigators in Brewster are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down a man wanted in Putnam County who was busted with stolen credit cards while allegedly driving while impaired in a stolen vehicle. Investigators released an alert regarding 27-year-old Earl Allen, who is wanted by New York State Police and the Town of Southeast Court on charges of criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft, possession of forged instruments, obstruction, resisting arrest, DWAI by drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. …
Three Face Drug Possession Charges After Palisades Parkway Stop Three Face Drug Possession Charges After Palisades Parkway Stop
Three Face Drug Possession Charges After Palisades Parkway Stop Three people are facing charges after a traffic stop near the Palisades Parkway led to the discovery of drugs, police say. New York State Police in Haverstraw conducted a traffic stop on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Orangeburg on Thursday, March 14. Further investigation led to the discovery of crack cocaine, Xanax, Ketamine and marijuana in the vehicle, police said. Kayli Beierle, 20, of New Foundland, Pennsylvania; Alexis Cantirino, 19, of Greentown, Pennsylvania; and Anthony Echevarria, 22, of New York, were arrested and charged with: Third-degree criminal possession …