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2009 News Releases

December  
12-30-2009 Nassau County Corrections Officer Charged With Having Sex With Female Inmates - Barber used position as grievance officer to force inmates into sexual favors; faces up to 16 years in prison
12-22-2009 Former Long Island Attorney Charged With Stealing $18K in Taxpayer Money - Hill failed to remit employee's taxes for six straight years
12-17-2009 Freeport Caregiver Locked Disabled Man in Car for Hours; Charged With Stealing $34K from Taxpayers - Instead of providing essential care, Reyes left autistic man in her car for hours; also collected Medicaid payments while she worked second job
12-14-2009 Long Beach Woman Convicted of Aggravated DWI; BAC Reading Was .28% - Torres convicted of third alcohol-related driving offense
12-10-2009 Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting RVC Cop; Will Receive 13 Years in Prison - Frazier led police on high-speed chase, crashed into police car and injured cop in struggle; Grand Jury upgraded charge
12-09-2009 Bayville Insurance Agent Bilked Client Out of Nearly $180K - Victim sent Lombardi checks meant for insurance company; defendant kept money for personal expenses
12-08-2009 Baldwin Slumlord Arrested for Illegally Renting Someone Else's Property - Rice: Neely even tried to evict tenant from property that wasn't his; facing felony charges punishable by up to 7 years in prison
12-04-2009 Suffolk Man Sentenced to Up to 4 Years in Prison for DWI Crash That Killed Girlfriend - Bauer was convicted of manslaughter after 2008 Wantagh Parkway crash
   
November  
11-30-2009 Commack Man Sentenced to Upstate Prison Term for Possessing Child Pornography - Sineno possessed 53 sexually explicit pictures and 10 videos of child pornography; gets up to 7 years
11-24-2009 Rice Proposes "Black Friday" Consumer Protection Legislation - On the heels of two dangerous promotional events, DA will take bills to Albany that add promo events and "Black Friday" sales to state's 'nuisance' laws
11-24-2009 Hempstead Man Guilty of Manslaughter After Shooting His Girlfriend's Father - Moore went to victim's house after an argument and shot him on the front lawn
11-24-2009 Freeport Man Gets 18 Years to Life for Stabbing Man to Death on Main St. in Hempstead - Portillo pleaded guilty to murder last month
11-23-2009 Hempstead Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Shooting Cab Driver in the Face - Galloway shot cab driver in the jaw 10 minutes after argument at traffic light
11-19-2009 Bellmore Man Convicted of Felony DWI After Northern State Parkway Crash - Gaffney's BAC was more than twice the legal limit
11-18-2009 Hicksville Man Sentenced to 22 Years to Life After Pleading Guilty to First-Degree Murder - Turcios Banegas stabbed gas station attendant to death before robbing him; entire attack caught on surveillance camera
11-18-2009 Doctor Indicted After Hidden Camera is Discovered in Manhasset Office's Bathroom - Rice: Pacienza installed air purifier containing hidden camera; video feed went straight to his desk
11-10-2009 Franklin Square Man Convicted of Robbery; Teen Robbery Crew Mugged 10 Young Victims in December 2007 - Elie and others targeted young teens; he now faces up to 15 years in prison
11-09-2009 Rice Joins U.S. Senator Charles Schumer to Push Plan That Would Crack Down on Fraud Rings as Part of National Healthcare Reform - DA's Medicaid Fraud Unit has arrested 42 people, recovered more than $1 million in taxpayer funds
11-05-2009 Rice: Online Sexual Predator Already in Prison Rearrested by DA Investigators - Former teacher serving up to six years in prison; arraigned on new charges after instant messages are discovered on work computer
11-04-2009 'Biggest Loser' Trainer Gets 7 Years in Prison for Beating Girlfriend's 6-Year-Old Son with Belt - Badalamenti gets maximum; Muniz sentenced to 2 years
   
October  
10-29-2009 Valley Stream Man Gets 7 to 21 Years in Prison for DWI Crash That Killed Levittown College Student - Thanksgiving weekend crash killed 21-year-old Jason Shein
10-29-2009 Elmont Gas Station Owner Charged After Refusing to Repair Underground Gasoline Tank - Yetim knew of leaks since 2005; faces up to four years in prison
10-29-2009 Bookkeeper Charged with Stealing $50K from Great Neck Employer - Rice: Douglin paid personal expenses with company credit card
10-28-2009 Rockville Centre Attorney Charged with Stealing Thousands from Dead Client's Estate - Rice: Post stole as much as $200K from estate he was managing
10-28-2009 Rice: Grand Jury Hands Up 69-Count Indictment in Multi-State Adoption Scam - Cohen accused of stealing more than $300K by promising 13 would-be families babies that didn't exist
10-27-2009 West Hempstead Man Charged After Stealing Nearly $100K of Taxpayer Money - Herschman billed Medicare for services he never performed
10-26-2009 Brooklyn Contractor Pleads Guilty to Underpaying Workers at 2009 U.S. Open - Admits to denying employees more than $76K; agrees to full restitution
10-23-2009 DA Announces Auction of 60 Seized Vehicles - Luxury sedans and SUVs available for purchase; proceeds fund law enforcement
10-23-2009 Suffolk Man Convicted of Manslaughter in DWI Crash That Killed Girlfriend - Bauer faces up to 15 years in prison for 2008 Wantagh Parkway crash
10-23-2009 Ten Charged With Stealing Taxpayer Money Through Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud - DA will seek full restitution from defendants who stole more than $216K from taxpayers
10-22-2009 Seven Charged With Stealing More Than $50K of Taxpayer Money Through Workers' Compensation and Insurance Fraud - One defendant claiming head injuries caught jogging and lifting weights
10-20-2009 DA Rice Offers Tips for a Safe and Spooky Halloween - Following a few simple guidelines will ensure a happy and healthy start to the holiday season
10-20-2009 Farmingdale Man Gets 5 to 10 Years in Prison for February Drunk Driving Crash That Permanently Injured NYPD Sergeant - Toledo-Alvarado pleads to top count; Drove minivan into the opposite lanes of the Southern State Parkway
10-20-2009 Great Neck Drug Ring Smashed; Four Men Arrested - Large quantities of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine recovered
10-15-2009 Elmont Woman Gets 4 Years for Violently Shaking Infant - Candanedo shook 8-month-old daughter when she couldn't get her to stop crying
10-09-2009 Brooklyn Man Gets 25 Years in Prison for 2006 Home Invasion That Left a 9-Year-Old Boy Partially Blind and Paralyzed - McFarlane is final attacker to be sentenced
10-07-2009 Hempstead Man Gets 100 Years to Life for 2008 Restaurant Shooting Death of Teenager - Dailey shot four men sitting in a car behind a Westbury nightclub
10-06-2009 East Meadow Man Convicted of Burglarizing Senior Citizen's Home, Leading Cops on Hours-Long Chase - Gandolfo convicted of burglary and trespassing; faces 15 years
10-02-2009 Woodmere Dentist Faces Prescription Drug Charges; Empty Pill Bottles Found in Office - Rice: Barber wrote and filled prescriptions for painkillers in the names of friends and former patients
10-01-2009 'Operation Hungry Lion' Results in 12 Arrests for Defrauding Food Stamp Program; Taxpayer Cash Misused - Store owners allowed benefits to be used for alcohol and cigarette purchases; kept percentage of taxpayer money
   
September  
09-28-2009 Undercover Investigation Nabs Unlicensed Dentist - Mora treated patients, dispensed pain meds despite no training; faces up to four years in prison
09-25-2009 Rice: Founder of Non-Profit Adoption Annex Stole Thousands From Hopeful Parents - Cohen promised would-be parents babies that did not exist; Rice encourages other potential victims to come forward
09-23-2009 Judge Rules Confession Admissible in William Walsh Murder Case - Prosecutors will be allowed to admit physical evidence, defendant's statments at Walsh's upcoming murder trial
09-21-2009 Hicksville Man Pleads Guilty to Running Gift Card Ponzi Scheme; Must Pay Nearly $2.4 Million in Restitution - Ginsberg duped friends and family members; Judge promises 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison in exchange for plea
09-15-2009 Judge Upholds DA's Upgraded Indictment in Domestic Violence Murder - Nassau judge OKs grand jury's first-degree murder indictment, paving the way towards pre-trial hearings later this year
09-15-2009 Syosset Business Owner Charged With Stealing Nearly $800k from State and County Taxpayers - Ferrari failed to give state and county sales tax from his Syosset gas station and auto repair shop
09-14-2009 Valley Stream Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide - Thanksgiving weekend crash killed 21-year-old Jason Shein of Levittown
09-14-2009 Rice's Cyber Unit Gets Top-Count Guilty Pleas - Glen Cove man possessed 53 sexually explicit pictures and 10 videos of child pornography; Rice pushes for lengthy prison sentence
09-11-2009 Hempstead Man Gets 25 Years to Life for Murder in Attempted Robbery Gone Wrong - Pender fatally shot Elmont man in the neck, receives maximum
09-10-2009 Rice Targeting Low-Wage Violators - DA announces arrest and investigation of several contractors; asks public for tips on those who exploit low-wage workers
09-10-2009 DA Rice Offers a Few Simple Tips to Help Identify Counterfeit Money - Rice: If you think you have a fake bill, call the police
09-09-2009 Garden City Postal Worker Arrested in Predator Sting - Tinghitella sent explicit images of himself to an Ohio detective posing as a 14-year-old girl
09-08-2009 County Worker Charged With Illegally Dismissing Relatives' Traffic Tickets - Petty used position at traffic agency to help family members avoid penalties
09-01-2009 Queens Woman Arrested in eBay Shoe Scam - Ray worked for shoe distributor, sold almost $12k of company's shoes through an eBay account
   
August  
08-31-2009 Nassau Social Services Worker Steals $11K from Immigrant Couple - Baffi promised to use position to bring couple's three children to the U.S. from Peru
08-26-2009 Pro Poker Player Admits Running Illegal Gambling Organization - Argila, of North Bellmore, ran multimillion dollar international betting operation
08-25-2009 Farmingville Company Guilty of Violating Wage Law - DA gets felony conviction in prevailing wage case involving public construction project in Sea Cliff
08-24-2009 Northport Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Nephew - Abodalo sexually abused boy from age 5 to 11
08-18-2009 Already Charged with Murder, Inmate Tries to Hire Hitman to Kill Witness - Rice says that Hira tried to hire hitman to kill a witness in his upcoming murder trial
08-18-2009 Three Arrested for Selling Counterfeit DVDs and Pirated CDs at Outdoor Valley Stream Flea Market - Three men sold pirated DVDs of brand-new films
08-17-2009 Freeport Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Baldwin Bank with a Pellet Gun in November 2008 - Peetz receives commitment from judge of 16 years to life in prison
08-17-2009 Former Fire Official Charged With Stealing $38K from North Bellmore Fire District - Carbone, a former fire district employee, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted
08-13-2009 North Bellmore Man Convicted of Burglarizing Ex-Cop's Home - Police K-9 unit tracked Williams to neighbor's backyard
08-13-2009 Rice's Environmental Crimes Unit Nets Clam Poacher - Felony charges for Suffolk company that overfished clams and attempted to sell polluted shellfish to food wholesalers
08-12-2009 Queens Man Defrauds "Girlfriends" of More Than $40K - Rice: Weinberg stole thousands from three women he met on Internet dating sites
08-11-2009 Hempstead Man Convicted of Attempted Murder, Four Counts of Robbery; Faces 100 Years in Prison - Henderson shot victim three times before carjacking him
08-10-2009 Freeport Man Gets 40 Years to Life in Prison for First-Degree Murder - Marvin Delarosa killed and robbed teenager in December 2007
08-07-2009 Disbarred Port Washington Attorney Charged With Possessing Forged Nassau Court Document - Rice: Holzberg used forged judge's signature to promise client phony $24K settlement
08-06-2009 Federal Agent's Hunch Leads to Child Porn Charges for Former Hicksville Lutheran School Teacher - Rice, Mulvey and DHS: Spring possessed dozens of sexually explicit pictures on home computer
08-05-2009 DA: Passenger Operated LIRR Train - MTA Police arrest LIRR engineer and passenger on charges of reckless endangerment
   
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07-02-2009 DA, Police and Long Island Restaurants Team Up to Fight DWI - Restaurants announce plan to donate percentage of profits to new anti-DWI group
   
June  
06-30-2009 Hempstead Man Convicted of Murder and Other Felonies in 2008 Restaurant Shooting - Dailey faces life in prison after shooting four men sitting in a car behind a Westbury nightclub
06-30-2009 Revamped DA Community Service Program a Success - Rice diverts 57% more low-level defendants to service for non-profits
06-26-2009 Freeport Man Gets 7 Years After Pointing Gun at Police Officers - Frantz Byer pointed loaded revolver at two officers before being shot six times
06-25-2009 Jury Finds 'Biggest Loser' Trainer Guilty of Beating Girlfriend's 6-Year-Old Son with Belt - Badalamenti convicted of assault and weapons charges; faces 7 years in prison
06-24-2009 Brooklyn Man Charged with Stealing $2.3 Million from Great Neck Real Estate Firm - Goldberger faces up to 25 years in prison for theft
06-23-2009 East Meadow Attorney Charged With Stealing More Than $100K from Three Victims - Heller faces up to 15 years in prison for thefts
06-17-2009 DA & Cops Crack 23-year-old Murder Case - Family comes to DA in 2007; Two years later a homicide detective and prosecutor solve the 1986 murder of Samuel Quentzel
06-16-2009 Lynbrook Man Charged With Bilking Taxpayers of More than $46K in Undeserved Medicaid Benefits - Danca claimed unemployment insurance as only income despite owning three rental properties
06-15-2009 Drunk Driver in Crash That Severely Injured Nassau Cop Convicted of all Charges - Griffin faces up to 7 years in prison on assault, DWI charges
06-03-2009 Group Home Employee Charged With Stealing More Than $2K From Deceased Disabled Resident - Former residential care center employee took over deceased resident's bank account
06-02-2009 DA Charges Two Men in Separate Cases of Lawyer Misconduct - Theft of real estate proceeds leads to felony charge for Plainview lawyer; Merrick man falsely claims to be an attorney, costs 'client' $200K
   
May  
05-22-2009 Suffolk Woman Charged in Subprime Mortgage Scam - Garden City loan officer used co-conspirators, phony documents to rip off lenders and send homes into foreclosure
05-20-2009 DA, Commissioner & OCFS Announce Arrests of Hicksville Daycare Owner, Asst. Manager - Following the death of 2-year-old, Rice says Carousel ran illegal toddler program and lacked proper licensing and training
05-20-2009 Manhattan Man Pleads Guilty to Practicing Dentistry Without a License in Roslyn - Diba admits performing root canals on two patients despite not being a licensed dentist
05-19-2009 DA Announces Auction of 59 Seized Vehicles - Luxury sedans, motorcycles and SUVs available for purchase; proceeds fund law enforcement initiatives
05-19-2009 Bronx Man Pleads Guilty to Burglary Charges in 2007 Garden City Home Invasion - Ulloa and accomplices robbed homeowners of $50,000 in cash, jewelry, and rare coins at gunpoint
05-11-2009 DA Rice Announces Formation of Nassau County Teenage Safety Coalition - Two-day conference will coordinate dozens of school districts, youth groups, and substance abuse treatment organizations
05-08-2009 East Meadow Man Gets 3 to 9 Years for Stealing More Than $1 Million from Bank Customers - Brahe used position as bank manager to make unauthorized withdrawals
05-06-2009 DA Reaches Unprecedented Agreement with Wal-Mart Concluding Investigation of Post-Thanksgiving Day Tragedy - Wal-Mart agrees to independent oversight of all 92 New York state's stores' operations for their Day After Thanksgiving Sale
   
April  
04-29-2009 Plainview Man Gets 1 to 3 Years in Prison for Bilking Customers Out of More than $17K in Phony Repairs - Calvert often botched unnecessary chimney repairs
04-29-2009 Hempstead Man Gets 15 Years to Life After Pleading Guilty to Mowing Down Romantic Rival - Tobar pleaded guilty to murder last month after running over ex's boyfriend while drunk
04-28-2009 'Operation Stamp Out' Nets 18 for Evading Nearly $2.2 Million in Cigarette Taxes - Charges are the result of a joint investigation by DA's Office, Police Department, and State Tax Department
04-28-2009 Report: Historic Gender Pay Gap in DA's Office Eliminated by Rice - On National Pay Equity Day, County Comptroller says that Rice's efforts raised salaries for women attorneys 17%
04-22-2009 Port Washington Woman Sentenced to 3 to 9 Years in Prison After Stealing More Than $200,000 From Friend - 76-year-old victim was left with $10 to his name
04-16-2009 Jury Convicts Freeport Man of First-Degree Murder - Marvin Delarosa faces life without the possibility of parole for December 2007 killing
04-16-2009 Roosevelt Teenager Gets 3 1/3 to 10 Years in Prison in Killing of Rival Gang Member - 16-year-old Cody Hernandez pleaded guilty to manslaughter after shooting rival gang member over a dispute about a stolen cell phone
04-14-2009 East Meadow Man Gets Two Years for Throwing Car Stereo at Teenage Victim from a Moving Car - 16-year-old victim loses spleen in assault
04-08-2009 'Diamond Note' Bank Robber Gets 7 to 21 Years in Prison for Two-Year Crime Spree - Miller pleaded guilty to 17 bank robberies he committed since October 2006
04-07-2009 Oyster Bay Man Gets Five Years for Glen Cove Drunk Driving Crash - Mejia critically injured 60-year-old woman; license was suspended due to previous DWI conviction
04-06-2009 Manhattan Man Charged With Practicing Dentistry Without a License in Roslyn - Diba performed root canals on two patients despite not being a licensed dentist in New York State
04-01-2009 DA to Utilize Twitter to Communicate with Public - Micro-blogs will help keep the public in the loop
04-01-2009 Hempstead Woman Charged with Stealing More than $83K from 100-Year-Old Cancer Patient - Chichester stole money from grandmother after being appointed power-of-attorney
   
March  
03-31-2009 DA & DEC Target Sale of Protected Native Species - Operation Shellshock results in three Nassau arrests for the illegal black market sale of Long Island's protected turtles
03-25-2009 DA Responds to Neighbor Complaints in Hempstead; Shuts Down Illegal Social Club, Arrests Ringleader - Residential home served as illegal gambling parlor; Parker faces gun and drug charges
03-25-2009 Hempstead Man Pleads Guilty to Mowing Down Romantic Rival; Will Serve 15 Years to Life - Tobar pleads guilty to Murder after running over ex's boyfriend while drunk
03-24-2009 Former Library Director Charged With Stealing $47K from Roosevelt Institution's Coffers - Connor used money from fundraisers to pay for plane tickets, car repairs and restaurant bills
03-19-2009 Plainview Man Gets up to 7 Years in Prison for Leaving Scene of Fatal March 2007 Hit-and-Run - Kohler gets maximum sentence after fatally hitting former college professor
03-18-2009 New Cassel Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison for Girlfriend's Murder - Terrell strangled girlfriend inside abandoned New Cassel house
03-18-2009 East Meadow Man Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison for Falsely Accusing 'Enemies' of Child Abuse and Other Crimes - Zafonte wrote numerous letters to government agencies accusing people he felt had wronged him, including school officials
03-09-2009 Hicksville Man Charged With Operating Gift Card Ponzi Scheme, Stealing Up to $4.1 Million - Ginsberg duped friends and family members with promises of discounts on gift cards, sports tickets, and timeshares
03-04-2009 Eight Charged in Medicaid Fraud Sweep - DA will seek full restitution from defendants who stole more than $265,000 from taxpayers
   
February  
02-27-2009 County Will Collect More Than $92,000 in Three Cases of Sales Tax Evasion - Three companies failed to report more than $172,000 in sales tax owed to the state
02-26-2009 Sands Point Podiatrist Charged With Selling Pills Obtained by Writing and Filling Phony Prescriptions - Levine faces up to 25 years in prison for drug, weapons charges
02-23-2009 Suffolk Man Gets 5 Years After Drunk Driving Crash Left Five People Injured Last Fourth of July Weekend - Rosario pleaded guilty to hitting cab with four passengers returning home after drinking
02-19-2009 Plainview Man Guilty of Leaving Scene of Fatal March 2007 Hit-and-Run - Jury convicts Kohler of leaving scene after fatally hitting former college professor
02-09-2009 Psychiatrists Find Mother "Not Responsible" for Killing Children - Independent doctors deem Brewer 'not responsible by mental disease or defect'; New Cassel woman to be incarcerated indefinitely in psychiatric facility
   
January  
01-30-2009 Freeport Man Guilty of Weapons Possession After Pointing Gun at Police Officers - Frantz Byer pointed loaded revolver at two police officers before being shot six times
01-30-2009 Guard, Inmates and Visitor Arrested in Separate Nassau Jail Probes - Drugs, cigarettes, and a cell phone are among items illegally smuggled into Nassau County Jail
01-29-2009 Bayville Couple Found Guilty of Starving Sick Dog - German Shorthaired Pointer 'Liko' weighed 23 pounds at time of arrests
01-23-2009 Sexually Explicit Chat With Undercover Nassau County Detective Gets Upstate Man 6 Months in Jail - Nuclear power plant inspector sent sexually explicit text and video messages to undercover detective
01-21-2009 East Meadow Attorney Charged With Stealing $700K in Two Real Estate Scams - Powell acted as middle man for two bridge loan deals, lenders never received their money
01-13-2009 DA and Mayor Hail Success of Anti-Crime Initiative - Drug crime at Terrace-Bedell neighborhood plummets 87%
01-13-2009 Jail Guard Sentenced to 203 Years in Prison - After being convicted of 13 felonies, judge sends Walters to prison for two centuries
01-13-2009 Bronx Man Gets 15 Years for 2007 Garden City Home Invasion - Cortez drove getaway car as accomplices robbed homeowners of $50,000 in cash, jewelry, and rare coins at gunpoint
01-12-2009 New Cassel Man Convicted of Girlfriend's Murder - Terrell found guilty of strangling girlfriend inside abandoned New Cassel house
01-09-2009 Hempstead Man Gets 34 Years for Christmas Shooting - Mas-Aguilar was found guilty of attempted murder in November for shooting peacemaker in the chest on Christmas morning