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Scam Alert: Real Estate Fraudsters Targeting Vacant Properties On Long Island Scam Alert: Real Estate Fraudsters Targeting Vacant Properties On Long Island
Scam Alert: Real Estate Fraudsters Targeting Vacant Properties On Long Island Police are warning of an uptick in real estate scammers who are targeting vacant properties on Long Island. Southampton Town Police put real estate agencies on notice that they’ve seen an increase in criminals posing as property owners who seek representation in negotiating the sale of lien-free, vacant land. The scammers can successfully defraud a potential buyer by accepting funds that are transferred to an out-of-town account. Police warned real estate agents to watch for the following warning signs from potential clients who claim to be out of state: Listing the property below market…
$185M Scheme: Trio, Including Manhasset Man, Nabbed For Defrauding 1,400 Investors, Feds Say $185M Scheme: Trio, Including Manhasset Man, Nabbed For Defrauding 1,400 Investors, Feds Say
$185M Scheme: Manhasset Man Among Trio Charged By Feds Three New York men have been charged in connection with a $185 million fraud scheme involving over a thousand investors, federal authorities announced. The three are Long Island resident Mario Gogliormella, age 47, of Manhasset; and New York City residents Steven Lacaj, age 27, of Manhattan, and Karim Ibrahim, age 34, of Queens, also known as “Chris Hayes." “By allegedly raising approximately $185 million from over 1,400 investors, Mario Gogliormella, Steven Lacaj, and Karim Ibrahim left a trail of shattered trust and financial ruin," US Attorney for the Southern Distric…
Nissan Dealers Fined $350K For 'Junk Fees' Levied On Long Island Lease Customers Nissan Dealers Fined $350K For 'Junk Fees' Levied On Long Island Lease Customers
Nissan Dealers Fined $350K For 'Junk Fees' Levied On Long Island Lease Customers If you purchased a Nissan vehicle on Long Island, you may have some cash coming your way. Two Nissan dealerships in Amityville and Patchogue have agreed to pay over $350,000 for charging customers “junk fees” when they purchased their leased vehicles. An investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Office found that South Shore Nissan, in Amityville on Sunrise Highway, and Route 112 Nissan, in Patchogue on Medford Avenue, for years added unnecessary fees or falsified the price of leased vehicles that consumers bought when their lease ended. Route 112 Nissan was also found to have…
Know Him? Police Ask For Public's Help Locating Wanted Long Island Suspect Know Him? Police Ask For Public's Help Locating Wanted Long Island Suspect
Know Him? Police Ask For Public's Help Locating Wanted Long Island Suspect Do you recognize him? New York State Police on Long Island are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in the images above. At approximately 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, troopers from the Riverside barracks responded to Shinnecock Hardware located in the town of Southampton for reports of a fraudulent purchase.  An unknown individual, described as a heavy-set Black man about 6-foot-2, entered the store and fraudulently purchased items totaling around $475. New York State Police Anyone who recognizes this individual is asked to contact state police at 631-756-3300. All…
$45K Scam: Florida Man Nabbed For Hicksville Scheme, Police Say $45K Scam: Florida Man Nabbed For Hicksville Scheme, Police Say
$45K Scam: Florida Man Nabbed For Hicksville Scheme, Police Say A Florida man has been arrested after pretending to be a credit union representative and attempting to steal tens of thousands of dollars from a local woman who had already been scammed. The alleged scam occurred on Tuesday, May 28, according to Nassau County Police. At approximately 8 a.m. that day, a Hicksville woman received a call from someone claiming to be a fraud department representative with the Nassau Federal Credit Union. He told the woman that her bank account had been compromised and that she needed to withdraw $45,000 in order to keep the money safe. However, the woman h…
NY Resident Loses $341K In 'Pig Butchering' Scheme: Here's What It Is NY Resident Loses $341K In 'Pig Butchering' Scheme: Here's What It Is
NY Resident Loses $341K In 'Pig Butchering' Scheme: Here's What It Is The US Secret Service has seized a web domain used in a cryptocurrency confidence crime scheme known as “pig butchering” after a New York resident was swindled out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to federal authorities, scammers in pig butchering schemes encounter victims in various ways, including on dating applications, social media websites, and even random text messages masquerading as the wrong number. Scammers initiate relationships with victims and slowly gain their trust, eventually introducing the idea of making a business investment using cryptocurrency.  Vict…
Odometer Rollback Scheme Orchestrated By Long Island Auto Prez, Saleswoman, DA Says Odometer Rollback Scheme Orchestrated By Long Island Auto Prez, Saleswoman, DA Says
Odometer Rollback Scheme Orchestrated By Long Island Auto Prez, Saleswoman, DA Says A Long Island car dealer and her associate are accused of duping customers into buying high mileage used cars by changing their odometer readings. Ashley Duff, age 27, and Ginger Sipes, age 58, both of Shirley, are facing fraud and conspiracy charges in Suffolk County Court. Prosecutors said Duff’s company, ABB Auto World Inc., bought high mileage cars from auctions and then had their odometers rolled back to show lower mileage. Some of the vehicles had over 200,000 miles on them. Duff and Sipes would then advertise the cars for sale on Facebook Marketplace, charging thousands of dollars m…
Scammers Posing As NYSP Troopers, Agency Warns Scammers Posing As NYSP Troopers, Agency Warns
Scammers Posing As Nysp Troopers, Agency Warns New York State Police are sounding the alarm over scammers posing as troopers in order to con victims out of their money. In an alert issued Tuesday, April 9, the agency said fraudsters employ a variety of tactics to con their victims, including demanding payment for a missed court date, jury duty, or other legal matter. The phony cops have also been known to claim there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest and threaten to apprehend them unless a fine is paid. In some cases, scammers have directed the victim to buy a prepaid money transfer card and give them the card number. “They might s…
Long Beach Nurse, Former Marine Reservist Faked COVID Vax Cards: USAO Long Beach Nurse, Former Marine Reservist Faked COVID Vax Cards: USAO
Long Beach Nurse, Former Marine Reservist Faked COVID Vax Cards: Usao Two people – including a nurse from Long Island – have been given their prison sentences for running a scheme, peddling faked COVID-19 vaccination cards. Queens man Jia Liu, age 28, faced his 21-month sentence for the scheme on Friday, April 5, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. Alongside Steven Rodriguez, a 29-year-old nurse from Long Beach, the two men conspired to steal, forge, sell, and distribute COVID-19 vaccination cards to hundreds of unvaccinated people between March 2021 and February 2022.  Original Story - COVID-19…
$30K Gambling Scam: Man Nabbed For Scheme In Mineola $30K Gambling Scam: Man Nabbed For Scheme In Mineola
$30K Gambling Scam: Man Nabbed For Scheme In Mineola A Brooklyn man was caught and arrested for attempting to scam a Long Island woman out of tens of thousands of dollars, police said. It happened on Monday, April 1 in Mineola, according to Nassau County Police. On that day, a 57-year-old woman was contacted by the alleged scammer, who claimed to be a Microsoft employee. He told the victim that she had a $30,000 gambling charge on her account. Then, a short time later, another man called the victim, this time claiming to be from Chase Fraud Prevention. Police said that the second caller persuaded the woman to take out the $30,000 in cas…
Freeport Woman Scams Nearly $50K From SSA Using Late Grandmother's Pen Name: DA Freeport Woman Scams Nearly $50K From SSA Using Late Grandmother's Pen Name: DA
Freeport Woman Scams Nearly $50K From SSA Using Late Grandmother's Pen Name: DA A woman from Long Island used her dead grandmother’s pen name to collect Social Security benefits for years, authorities claimed. Freeport resident Alexandria Sobrane, age 46, was arraigned on Tuesday, March 18 for her alleged Social Security fraud, the Nassau County District Attorney announced. According to the DA’s Office, Sobrane’s grandmother, Hannah Sobrane, was born in 1920 and wrote children’s books under the pen name Babe Power. Starting in 1985, she retired and began receiving her Social Security benefits under the nom de plume she used for writing. However, in 2008, when the …
Former Hempstead Housing Chairman Sentenced For $800K Kickback Scam Former Hempstead Housing Chairman Sentenced For $800K Kickback Scam
Former Hempstead Housing Chairman Sentenced For $800K Kickback Scam An ex-chairman for a Long Island housing authority will spend 10 years behind bars for fraud after he schemed to make construction contracts in exchange for kickback payments. Cornell Bozier, age 63 of North Baldwin, received his sentence of 10 years in prison on Monday, March 11, according to the US Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Eastern District of New York. From 2011 to 2013, Bozier served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Village of Hempstead Housing Authority (VHHA), during which the department received nearly $1 million in federal funds. As the department was …
Murderer Stopped At Green Acres Mall For Supplies Before Dismembering Body: USAO Murderer Stopped At Green Acres Mall For Supplies Before Dismembering Body: USAO
Murderer Stopped At Green Acres Mall For Supplies Before Dismembering Body: Usao A Queens man convicted of murdering and dismembering a woman to collect life insurance payments shopped at a mall on Long Island to get supplies to clean up the murder scene, officials announced. Cory Martin, age 36 of Queens, faced his conviction for the murder of then-26-year-old Brandy Odom, the United States Attorney’s Office announced on Monday, March 4. Earlier Report: NY Man Accused Of Murdering Woman In Life Insurance Scheme Martin lived with and operated as a pimp for both Odom and another co-conspirator at the time of the crime. Throughout 2017, Martin and his accomplice…
Avoid Scams: These Are Top 10 Consumer Frauds Of 2023, NY AG Says Avoid Scams: These Are Top 10 Consumer Frauds Of 2023, NY AG Says
Avoid Scams: These Are Top 10 Consumer Frauds Of 2023, NY AG Says To honor National Consumer Protection Week, New York Attorney General Letitia James has revealed the most common fraud complaints faced by residents during 2023.  In an announcement on Monday, March 4, James said that these common complaints ranged from price gouging of much-needed goods and services to housing issues, online banking fraud, and even travel-related issues.  The top ten most common consumer complaints of 2023 in New York were:  Retail Sales: (Online purchases, price gouging, retail sales, defective merchandise, poor customer service, pet stores, animal breede…
Not Laughing: George Santos Sues Jimmy Kimmel For 'Deceiving' Him Into Making Cameo Videos Not Laughing: George Santos Sues Jimmy Kimmel For 'Deceiving' Him Into Making Cameo Videos
Not Laughing: George Santos Sues Jimmy Kimmel For 'Deceiving' Him Into Making Cameo Videos Disgraced former New York Rep. George Santos is taking his beef with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to federal court. In a lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York on Friday, Feb. 16, the ex-Republican lawmaker accused Kimmel of copyright infringement and fraud for a series of personalized videos the talk show host commissioned from him on the website Cameo. The 35-year-old Santos began selling video shout outs on the site following his historic ouster from Congress amid federal criminal charges. Earlier Report: US House Expels Nassau Rep. George Santos In Historic Vote K…
29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat 29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat
29-Year-Old From Connecticut Focus Of Netflix Documentary On His Mom's Mysterious Death On Boat A 29-year-old from Connecticut who was accused of killing his mother and grandfather is the focus of a new Netflix documentary on the mysterious deaths.  Netflix said earlier this month the documentary will explore the mysteries surrounding Middlesex County native Nathan Carman, of Middletown, who was accused of killing his mother Linda Carman while on a fishing trip in 2016, and his grandfather, John Chakalos. three years earlier in 2013. Carman, who died while in police custody last year, allegedly killed his mother while fishing off the coast of Rhode Island on the family boat.…
Long Island Man Impersonated NBA Star On Phone, More In Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Long Island Man Impersonated NBA Star On Phone, More In Multi-Million Dollar Fraud
Long Island Man Impersonated NBA Star On Phone, More In Multi-Million Dollar Fraud A Long Island man who used his medical billing companies for a massive scam now owes over $300 million in restitution after he made thousands of phony phone calls and more. The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) announced 54-year-old East Northport resident Matthew James’ sentence for the scheme, during which he pretended to be both an NBA player and an NFL partner, on Friday, Feb. 2. James was the operator of multiple medical billing companies that provided billing services for physicians throughout the United States, mainly plastic surgeons. As a third-party biller, James would submi…
$20K Theft: Couple Cons Westbury Woman, Flees Scene, Police Say $20K Theft: Couple Cons Westbury Woman, Flees Scene, Police Say
$20K Theft: Couple Cons Westbury Woman, Flees Scene, Police Say Police are searching for two people who stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a Long Island woman’s home. The incident occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in Westbury. According to Nassau County Police, an unknown man and woman knocked on the door of a Westbury home at approximately 3:30 p.m., telling the 74-year-old victim inside that they were giving out estimates on concrete work. The woman allegedly invited the two alleged con artists into her home. While inside, the man asked to use the victim’s restroom; when he came back, the two claimed they would head out to the…
Man Scams 9/11 Victim, Widow In Locust Valley: Police Man Scams 9/11 Victim, Widow In Locust Valley: Police
Man Scams 9/11 Victim, Widow In Locust Valley: Police A Queens man has been arrested after he allegedly conned two women out of over $150,000, including one Long Islander who was awarded money as part of the 9/11 Victim Fund, police said. Richard Yasnis, age 42, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 20 for his alleged Locust Valley crimes, according to Nassau County Police. In July 2023, Yasnis, who is from Jamaica, Queens, allegedly posed as an investment advisor and representative of the Cahill Financial Group, which is based in New York City. Under the guise that it would be used to invest in stocks and real estate, police said Yasnis receive…
Man's Brother Pretended To Be NY Mobster As Part Of $4M Embezzlement Scheme Man's Brother Pretended To Be NY Mobster As Part Of $4M Embezzlement Scheme
Man's Brother Pretended To Be NY Mobster As Part Of $4M Embezzlement Scheme Henry Hill immortalized the line "as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."  That mantra didn't work out well for a pair of brothers - one of whom pretended to be a New York mobster - to get a Maryland man to embezzle more than $4 million from his employer in Washington, DC.  New York native Corry Blue Evans, 31, has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in an elaborate fraud, extortion, and money laundering scheme that involved several other close-knit co-conspirators who worked to exploit the multi-million dollar scheme. The sentence comes y…
Long Island Attorney Steals $200K From Clients, Including Lottery Winner: DA Long Island Attorney Steals $200K From Clients, Including Lottery Winner: DA
Long Island Attorney Steals $200K From Clients, Including Lottery Winner: DA A Long Island attorney is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her clients, including a lottery winner. Daphne Zekaria, age 54, of Syosset, was arraigned on grand larceny and related charges in Suffolk County Court on Tuesday, Dec. 5. According to prosecutors, she was hired by a New York State Lottery winner in December 2021 while working as a partner at the Huntington law firm Sokolski and Zekaria, P.C. An investigation found that she promised to hold a portion of her client’s money in the firm’s escrow account and invest an additional portion on his behalf. However,…
Ethics Chair Asks House To Expel Santos After Finding 'Substantial Evidence' Of Lawbreaking Ethics Chair Asks House To Expel Santos After Finding 'Substantial Evidence' Of Lawbreaking
Ethics Chair Asks House To Expel Santos After Finding 'Substantial Evidence' Of Lawbreaking The third time may be the charm for federal lawmakers hoping to oust embattled New York Rep. George Santos from office. House Ethics Committee Chair Michael Guest, a Republican from Mississippi, filed a resolution to expel Santos from Congress on Friday morning, Nov. 17. Members are expected to vote on the resolution the week after Thanksgiving.  Earlier Report: LI Rep Santos Won't Run For Re-Election: 'Substantial Evidence' Of Lawbreaking, Committee Says The rare move came just one day after the committee, made up of five Republicans and five Democrats, released a report sayi…
Long Island Man Who Posed As Cop For Store Discounts Gets Years In Prison Long Island Man Who Posed As Cop For Store Discounts Gets Years In Prison
Long Island Man Who Posed As Cop For Store Discounts Gets Years In Prison A Long Island man will spend years in prison after admitting that he impersonated a police officer in order to save a buck. Eric Diaz, age 43, of Brentwood, was sentenced to two to four years behind bars in Suffolk County Court on Monday, Nov. 13. It followed his earlier guilty plea to felony criminal possession of a forged instrument after he was busted with multiple fraudulent NYPD identification cards. Earlier Report: Brentwood Man Admits Posing As NYPD Officer To Get Store Discounts According to prosecutors, Diaz posed as a cop on multiple occasions while visiting a retail sto…
Fake ICE Agent In Levittown Sparks Investigation, Police Say Fake ICE Agent In Levittown Sparks Investigation, Police Say
Fake ICE Agent In Levittown Sparks Investigation, Police Say A man was allegedly caught posing as a Customs and Border Protection Officer on Long Island, prompting police to investigate potential fraud. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Andy Kwok, age 53, was arrested in a Levittown restaurant for pretending to be a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent, according to Nassau County Police. At approximately 11:20 a.m., Kwok, a resident of the hamlet of Delmar in Albany County, was dining at K City Hot Pot and Sushi, located at 3056 Hempstead Turnpike. He was dressed as a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer, complete with a fraudulent ID car…
George Santos Pleads Not Guilty To 10 New Federal Charges; Here's When He'll Stand Trial George Santos Pleads Not Guilty To 10 New Federal Charges; Here's When He'll Stand Trial
George Santos Pleads Not Guilty To 10 New Federal Charges; Here's When He'll Stand Trial Beleaguered New York Rep. George Santos was back in a federal courtroom to formally answer to a host of new fraud charges. The Republican lawmaker, whose 3rd District on Long Island includes parts of Nassau County and Queens, pleaded not guilty to 10 new counts in US District Court in Central Islip on Friday, Oct. 27. Judge Joanna Seybert set a trial date for Thursday, Sept. 9, 2024. Earlier Report: George Santos Stole Thousands From Donors, Inflated Fundraising Totals, New Indictment Alleges In their 23-count superseding indictment, which includes allegations of wire fraud and ident…
$77K Scam: Man Arrested For Fake Check Scheme In Massapequa, Police Say $77K Scam: Man Arrested For Fake Check Scheme In Massapequa, Police Say
$77K Scam: Man Arrested For Fake Check Scheme In Massapequa, Police Say A New Jersey man was nabbed after he scammed a Long Island law firm out of over $70,000 by using a fraudulent check, police said. Nassau County Police announced that Osokam Ekufia, 44, of Newark, was arrested for the larceny, which happened in October 2022 in Massapequa. On Oct. 5, 2022, a Massapequa law firm received a check from Ekufia worth $84,620.00. The check was meant to be placed into an escrow account, and once it cleared, $77,500 was to be deposited into a TD Bank account. However, on Oct. 7, the firm got a call from TD Bank confirming that the $84,620 check was fake. In t…
Long Island Man Admits Posing As NYPD Officer To Get Store Discounts Long Island Man Admits Posing As NYPD Officer To Get Store Discounts
Long Island Man Admits Posing As Nypd Officer To Get Store Discounts Impersonating a cop to save a buck will land a Long Island man in prison for years. Eric Diaz, age 43, of Brentwood, pleaded guilty to a felony count in Suffolk County Court Wednesday, Oct. 11, after being caught with multiple fraudulent NYPD identification cards. According to prosecutors, Diaz posed as a cop on multiple occasions while visiting a retail store in Bay Shore between April and May 2023.  During the visits, he displayed what looked like a police badge, handcuffs, and a handgun and asked for a “police discount.” He was eventually stopped by police, who found him with a ho…
$460K Scam: Women Fork Over Gold Bars, Cash To Baldwin Conman Posing As Tech Support, Cops Say $460K Scam: Women Fork Over Gold Bars, Cash To Baldwin Conman Posing As Tech Support, Cops Say
$460K Scam: Women Fork Over Gold Bars, Cash To Baldwin Conman Posing As Tech Support, Cops Say A 25-year-old man is accused of conning two Long Island women out of nearly half a million dollars through a phony tech support scam. Yash Shah, of Baldwin, was arrested on multiple counts of grand larceny on Wednesday, Aug. 23, according to Suffolk County Police. Detectives said a 72-year-old Huntington woman received a notice on her computer in June 2023 informing her that her computer was “compromised” and that she needed to contact Microsoft. The victim called who she thought was Microsoft but was actually a scammer, who told the woman that her computer had child pornography on it, po…
'Disgraced His Uniform': $600K Fraud Lands Ex-NYPD Union Head From Port Washington In Prison 'Disgraced His Uniform': $600K Fraud Lands Ex-NYPD Union Head From Port Washington In Prison
'Disgraced His Uniform': $600K Fraud Lands Ex-nypd Union Head From Port Washington In Prison A former NYPD union boss from Long Island is heading to prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the very union that he led. Edward Mullins, age 61, of Port Washington, was sentenced to two years behind bars in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, Aug. 3, after pleading guilty to fraud. From 2002 to 2021, Mullins served as president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), which represents all current and former sergeants in the NYPD. Earlier Report: Former NYPD Union Head From Long Island Charged WIth Fraud According to the US Attorney’s Office in the Sou…
Confession: LI Man Steals Dead Brother's Identity To Collect $160K In Disability While Working Confession: LI Man Steals Dead Brother's Identity To Collect $160K In Disability While Working
Confession: LI Man Steals Dead Brother's Identity To Collect $160K In Disability While Working A Long Island man is facing jail time after admitting that he stole his late brother’s identity in order to collect six figures worth of disability benefits while continuing to work. Stavros Tsakonis, age 61, of Shirley, pleaded guilty to identity theft and related charges in Suffolk County Court on Wednesday, July 26. Prosecutors said Tsakonis received more than $160,000 in disability benefits between February 2015 and January 2023 while claiming to the US Social Security Administration that he was too disabled to work. Earlier Report: Shirley Man Stole Dead Brother's ID To Collect …
Pastor's Assistant Steals More Than $420K From Seaford Church: DA Pastor's Assistant Steals More Than $420K From Seaford Church: DA
Pastor's Assistant Steals More Than $420K From Seaford Church: DA Over two years, a Long Island woman has allegedly stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from two churches at which she served as a pastoral assistant, officials announced. Iris Gomez, aged 43, was arraigned on Monday, July 24 on charges including grand larceny for allegedly embezzling over $450,000 from churches in Seaford and Rockville Centre while she worked as a pastor’s assistant, according to the Nassau County District Attorney. The scheme began in August 2018, the DA’s Office claimed. Gomez was originally hired to be an assistant to a pastor at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rock…