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2011 News Releases

December  
12-23-2011 Roosevelt Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Motorcyclist in Wrong-Way Drunk Driving Crash - McBride had a BAC of .14 four hours after the crash; will serve 4 to 12 years in prison
12-22-2011 Locust Valley Electric Company Pleads Guilty to Stiffing Workers Out of Nearly $150K - DA's Labor Unit secures plea, company agrees to pay back wages to six employees
12-20-2011 Westbury Man Convicted of Raping Girl, Then Murdering Her Father for Calling the Police - Bonilla faces 25 years to life in prison
12-20-2011 Jury Convicts Roosevelt Man of Orchestrating Beating and Robbery of Auto Body Shop Owner - Myers faces up to 25 years in prison for arranging attack
12-16-2011 Nine Charged With Stealing Taxpayer Money Through Medicaid Fraud - DA will seek full restitution from defendants who stole more than $282K from taxpayers
12-16-2011 Bay Shore Woman Gets 3 to 9 Years in Prison for Paralyzing 3-Year-Old Daughter in Drunk Driving Crash - Child was not in safety seat when Alfaro crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into tree
12-15-2011 Brooklyn Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for East Meadow Gas Station Robbery - Motayne and two others stole more than $190K
12-13-2011 Long Beach Man Convicted of Manslaughter After Shooting Neighbor - Fitzgerald faces up to 25 years in prison
12-13-2011 Hempstead Man Convicted of Murder After Attacking Westbury Teenager With a Machete - Santos faces 25 years to life in prison
12-08-2011 Kingpin of Massive Mortgage Fraud and I.D. Theft Ring Sentenced to 4 to 12 Years in Prison - Sweet's group stole more than $20M from banks, individuals, and the Nassau County government
12-07-2011 NYC Schoolteacher Charged With Loan-Sharking - Harris loaned a third party $40K at 104% annual interest
12-01-2011 Mangano, Rice, and Krumpter to Host Gun Buyback Program - Program will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on December 10
   
November  
11-22-2011 13 More Face Arrest in SAT/ACT Cheating Scandal - Four charged with taking test and nine more charged with paying for top scores
11-17-2011 Massapequa Park Man Gets 2 to 4 Years in Prison for Drugged Driving Crash That Injured 80-Year-Old Woman - Jacob took 60 Xanax pills and left a suicide note before crash
11-16-2011 Former Nassau Resident Charged With Practicing Psychology Without a License - Rachelle lied to patients, defrauded insurance company
11-10-2011 Statement of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice Regarding the Inspector General’s Investigation Into the Nassau County Police Department Forensic Evidence Bureau
11-02-2011 Nassau Cop Pleads Guilty to Official Misconduct and Resigns After Sexually Inappropriate Behavior During a Traffic Stop - Rice: P.O. Mannerz coerced woman into touching him sexually after pulling over vehicle in which she was a passenger
11-01-2011 Brooklyn Man Sentenced to Life without Parole for Killing a Woodmere Man During Botched Robbery - Victim shot in the back while trying to escape from moving car
   
October  
10-26-2011 North Carolina Man Convicted of Murder After Shooting and Robbing an Inwood Man During a Drug Deal - Currie faces 25 years to life in prison for September 2010 shooting
10-21-2011 Indicted Attorney Spent Three Years on the Run; Now Charged With Stealing More Than $200K from Clients - Christensen was captured earlier this month in Wyoming after disappearing in 2008
10-20-2011 Level 3 Sex Offender Charged With Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography - Weaver charged after sting by DA's Office
10-19-2011 New Hyde Park Man Sentenced to 3 to 9 Years for Drunk Driving Crash That Killed Dix Hills Teen - Ryan was drunk when his motorcycle left the Wantagh State Parkway and killed cyclist
10-18-2011 DA Charges Ten With Medicaid Fraud in Countywide Sting - Rice will seek full restitution from defendants who stole more than $458K in taxpayer money
10-17-2011 North Babylon Man Sentenced to 5 to 10 Years in Prison for Driving While High in Deadly Crash - Weckerle was high on prescription drugs when he killed a 65-year-old man in September 2010
10-14-2011 Uniondale Man Charged With Illegally Dumping Construction Debris on Southern State Parkway - Chotan also removed sand and soil that served as roadway's foundation
10-06-2011 Imprisoned Former Attorney Convicted of Attempting to Steal House From Dead Parents' Estate - Cohen is serving a 10 to 20 year prison sentence for duping would-be adoptive parents with non-existent babies
10-05-2011 Bethpage Pediatrician Charged With Stealing $120K in Taxpayer Money; Already Faces Sex Abuse Charges - Punn is currently jailed on charges that he sexually abused and videotaped female patients as young as 11 years old
   
September  
09-27-2011 Seven Arrested for Great Neck North High School SAT Cheating Ring - Eshaghoff impersonated six students and took the SAT for them in exchange for cash
09-26-2011 Nassau County Public Safety Officer Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $6K in Taxpayer Money - Wigdzinski doctored time sheets to show unworked overtime
09-21-2011 Queens Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison for Shooting a Man to Death Outside Elmont Bar - Campbell eluded capture for a year before being arrested in Los Angeles
09-21-2011 Massapequa Park Man Convicted of Injuring 80-Year-Old Woman in Drug-Fueled Crash - Jacob took 60 Xanax pills and left a suicide note before the crash
09-20-2011 Suffolk Man Pleads Guilty to Shortchanging Employees of Westbury Dunkin' Donuts Out of More Than $11,000 - Safdar cheated one employee out of more than $3,700
09-15-2011 Hempstead Building Inspector Charged With Taking a Bribe for Phony Inspection - Dotson lied to homeowner about violations before taking $150
09-08-2011 Merrick Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Stabbing 8-Year-Old Boy in the Back - Sachs pleaded guilty to October 2010 attack
09-07-2011 Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Double Murder and Kidnapping - Wolfe killed ex-girlfriend and uncle during June 2010 rampage
   
August  
08-31-2011 North Babylon Man Pleads Guilty to Driving While High in Deadly Crash - Weckerle was high on prescription drugs when he killed a 65-year-old man in September 2010
08-29-2011 DA Rice: Beware of Phony Contractors and Clean-Up Crew Scams in Hurricane Irene's Wake - Rice offers tips on how to avoid getting scammed on debris removal and home repairs
08-23-2011 New Hyde Park Man Pleads Guilty to Drunk Driving Crash That Killed Dix Hills Teen - Ryan was drunk when his motorcycle left the Wantagh State Parkway and killed cyclist
08-22-2011 Sweep Nets 22 Convicted Drunk Drivers for Ignition Interlock Violations - Many of the defendants were arrested after driving to probation meetings
08-22-2011 Roosevelt Man Convicted of Murder for Acting as Getaway Driver in Hempstead Shooting - December 2010 left teenager dead
08-05-2011 Two Men Face Felony Animal Cruelty Charges for Training Pit Bulls to Fight in Elmont Backyard - Nine dogs recovered, many with fresh injuries
   
July  
07-26-2011 Deer Park Man Pleads Guilty to DWI Crash That Killed His Friend - Cruz drove wrong way on LIE at 112 mph for nearly 12 miles
07-20-2011 Lynbrook Man Gets Six Years in Prison for Slashing Bouncer at East Meadow Bar - Victim suffered head, neck, and facial scarring
07-20-2011 Hempstead Police Officer Charged with Selling Drugs - Jones faces 10 years in prison for peddling prescription drugs
07-20-2011 Merrick Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder for Stabbing 8-Year-Old Boy in the Back - Judge promises Sachs a sentence of 14 years in prison
07-18-2011 Retired Hempstead Police Detective Charged With Having Stolen Gun, Lying on Police Paperwork - Fowlkes arraigned yesterday on nine-count indictment
07-15-2011 Suffolk Man Faces 15 Years in Prison for Stealing $150K From Friend's Bank Account - Boutis stole friend's identity to pay for vacations, limo rides, and home furnishings
07-13-2011 Home Health Aide Pleads Guilty to Stealing $130K in Rare Coins from 82-Year-Old Woman - Walsh captured yesterday trying to flee to Jamaica; faces upt o 5 1/4 years in prison
07-07-2011 Queens Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stiffing Employees Who Painted Nassau County Courthouse - Company paid $4K in restitution to employees
07-07-2011 Jury Convicts Queens Man of Murder in Elmont Bar Shooting - Campbell faces up to 25 to life in prison after shooting victim and driving away
07-06-2011 Grand Jury Indicts Locust Valley Teacher for Inappropriate Sexual Contact with 14 Students - Benstock charged with 31 counts after additional victims come forward
07-01-2011 Jury Convicts Brooklyn Man of First Degree-Murder After Killing Woodmere Man During Botched Robbery - Victim shot in the back while trying to escape for his life from moving car
   
June  
06-30-2011 Jury Convicts Brooklyn Man for East Meadow Gas Station Robbery - Motayne faces up to 25 years in prison for robbery that netted thieves more than $190K
06-30-2011 Owner of Glen Cove Garage Stole Three Classic Cars from Client, Sold Them, and Kept Proceeds - Simeone faces up to 15 years in prison; stole more than $250K in vehicles and cash
06-29-2011 Bethpage Pediatrician Charged With Sexually Abusing and Videotaping Naked Young Girls Under Guise of 'Medical Exams' - Punn drugged and abused girls as young as 11 years old
06-27-2011 Rice Provides Long Island Restaurants With License Readers to Reduce Underage Drinking - Restaurants Against Drunk Driving will merge with statewide group and distribute license readers to its members
06-20-2011 Oceanside Man Convicted in Long Beach Road-Rage Incident That Left One Dead - Potts faces up to four years in prison for May '09 incident
06-17-2011 Rice Appoints Career Prosecutor to Top Post - Manhasset resident Madeline Singas will serve as office's second-in-command
06-16-2011 Bayville Man Convicted of Drug-Fueled Crash That Left Father of Three With a Traumatic Brain Injury - Jakobson faces up to 25 years in prison for December '09 crash; first trial conviction where drug samples were re-tested
06-15-2011 Nassau Cop Charged After Sexually Inappropriate Behavior During a Traffic Stop - Rice: P.O. Mannerz coerced woman into touching him sexually after pulling over vehicle in which she was a passenger
06-08-2011 State Worker Charged With Stealing Gas Meant for Stranded Motorists - Lee stole as much as 60 gallons of gas for personal use
06-07-2011 Rice Applauds Fuschillo and State Senate Transportation Committee for Supporting Bill Requiring Mandatory Jail Time for Repeat DWI Offenders
06-07-2011 Long Beach City Councilman Charged With Stealing More Than $7K in Unemployment Benefits - Fagen never reported his government job to Labor Dept.
06-06-2011 Rice Applauds Fuschillo and State Senate for Passing Bill to Help Increase Medicaid Fraud Prosecutions - Legislation would allow county District Attorneys to work with state in prosecuting cases of Medicaid fraud
06-03-2011 Officer Who Pointed Loaded Gun at Bar Employee's Head Charged With Reckless Endangerment - Hefferon's use of police-issued weapon at Farmingdale bar was criminal
06-02-2011 Baldwin Pharmacist Charged With Knowingly Doling Out Painkillers Through Phony Prescriptions - Chowdhury's arrest stems from investigation into where Kayla Gerdes obtained drugs
06-01-2011 District Attorneys Take Up Fight to Reform No-Fault Laws - City Council, Chambers call on Albany to give prosecutors more tools to crackdown on criminals
   
May  
05-26-2011 Eight Charged With Stealing Taxpayer Money Through Medicaid Fraud - DA will seek full restitution from defendants who stole more than $297K from taxpayers
05-18-2011 Queens Man Sentenced to 20 Years to Life in Prison for Killing Ex-Girlfriend, Dumping Her Body in Uniondale - Jemmott strangled ex-girlfriend over child support dispute
05-18-2011 Three Charged in March 2009 Double Homicide - All three men face murder charges; shooting took place at ex-New York Jet Jonathan Vilma's Woodbury condo
05-17-2011 Juror Charged With Soliciting Bribe from Plaintiff; Promised to Sway Jury in Medical Malpractice Suit - Persaud, of Long Beach, sought 5% of financial award in exchange for influencing fellow jurors
05-16-2011 Rice Applauds Senator Fuschillo and State Senate for Passing Bill Creating Felony Charges for Those Caught Drunk Driving With a Conditional License
05-11-2011 Two Arrested for Stealing More Than a Combined $613K in Undeserved Tax Benefits - Missirlian and Wertheimer both face up to 15 years in prison if convicted
05-10-2011 Oceanside Woman Pleads Guilty to Shaking Her Baby to Death; Will Serve One Year in Prison - Saitta pleaded guilty to top count against her
05-10-2011 Florida Woman Gets Six Months for Promising Baby to Adopting Port Washington Couple, Then Keeping Baby and Stealing $7K - Dreves promised baby to two different couples and took cash for living and medical expenses from both
05-06-2011 DA Rice: Justin Bieber Will Appear in PSA as Part of Guilty Plea Stemming From Crowd-Control Dangers at November 2009 Roosevelt Field Appearance - Two companies pleaded guilty to creating a dangerous environment at pop star's autograph signing
05-04-2011 Rice Joins North Shore Animal League America for its 17th Annual Pet Adoptathon Kickoff Weekend
05-03-2011 Rice and Fuschillo: Bill Requiring Judicial Approval of Conditional Licenses for Drunk Driving Defendants Passed by the Senate
   
April  
04-28-2011 Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice and ADA Anne Donnelly Discuss Cyber-Bullying with Students at Lawrence High School - Program is part of Cablevision's 'Power to Learn' education initiative
04-20-2011 Farmingdale Man Gets 75 Years in Prison for April 2010 Robbery and Shooting Spree - Kinard robbed three men and shot two in separate incidents less than 20 minutes apart
04-08-2011 Plainview Man Sentenced to 7-14 Years in Carjacking of Teenage Girl in Front of Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library - Tockash, a Level 3 sex offender, receives maximum sentence
04-05-2011 Jury Convicts Hempstead Man of DWI and Vehicular Manslaughter in September 2009 Crash That Killed Nurse - Davis was driving drunk when he struck and killed Uniondale man returning from work at a local nursing home
   
March  
03-30-2011 DA Rice: Senate Passes Fuschillo Bill Creating Felony Charges for Wrong-Way and Reckless Drivers - Rice worked jointly with Fuschillo to draft the legislation
03-30-2011 DA Rice's Youth Court Offers Alternative Justice - Partnering with Hofstra Law School, the DA's program gives young people the opportunity to be adjudicated by their peers
03-28-2011 DA: Oceanside Man Sold Mulch to Homeowners After Mixing it With Hazardous Waste - Liotta Bros. Recycling Corp. sold garden mulch loaded with chemicals, plastic, floor tiles, and sheet metal
03-24-2011 DA Rice Informs Inmates of Crime Lab Failures - Inmates can call Nassau County Bar Association or Legal Aid for more info
03-18-2011 Retired Fire Dispatcher Sentenced to 1 - 3 Years for Stealing $196K from Glen Cove Fire Department - Gray used cash to buy model trains, gourmet cigars & pay gambling dets
03-16-2011 DA Rice's Real Estate Unit Takes Down Largest Mortgage Fraud & I.D. Theft Scheme in Nassau County History - 'Sweet Deal' real estate group stole more than $20M from banks, individuals, and the Nassau County government
03-15-2011 East Hills Man Pleads Guilty to Hit-and-Run That Killed 81-Year-Old Roslyn Heights Woman - Krauss pleads to entire indictment for April 2010 incident
03-10-2011 Rice & Mangano Announce: Taxpayers Will Not Foot the Bill For Retesting of Felony Drug Cases

03-10-2011

03-09-2011 Manhasset Man Pleads Guilty to Murder After Bludgeoning Woman to Death With a Hammer - Land killed 64-year-old woman in her home during robbery
03-02-2011 Nassau's Animal Cruelty Prosecutions Skyrocket Following Rice's Creation of Animal Cruelty Unit & Hotline - New number for tip hotline is (516) 571-ACHL (2245)
   
February  
02-25-2011 RVC Woman Pleads to Top Animal Cruelty Charges; Home Contained Numerous Dead or Dying Animals - At time of arrest, police found decomposed carcasses in the home; daughter also pleads to animal cruelty charges
02-24-2011 Five Tax Preparers Arrested for Falsifying Tax Returns and Grand Larceny - One preparer promised to pay jail inmates for their personal info, then filed false returns in their names
02-22-2011 Rice Requests the Appointment of a Special Prosecutor in Crime Lab Inquiry - Independence, fairness key to decision to appoint former prosecutor
02-18-2011 Statements from District Attorney Kathleen Rice and County Executive Mangano Regarding Nassau County Crime Lab
02-18-2011 Former Sewanhaka High School Vice Principal Charged With Stealing $113,000 from Labor Fund - Waldman stole cash from school district supervisors' collective bargaining unit
02-18-2011 Point Lookout Man Gets 2 to 6 Years in Prison for Drunken Hit-and-Run that Killed NYC Schoolteacher - Gallivan drove with an estimated BAC of .22%
02-16-2011 Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Promising Baby to Adopting Port Washington Couple, Then Keeping Baby and Stealing $7K - Dreves promised baby to two different couples and took cash for living and medical expenses from both
02-16-2011 Jury Convicts Plainview Man of Carjacking Teenage Girl in Front of Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library - Tockash, a Level 3 sex offender, faces up to 14 years in prison
02-10-2011 Rice Calls for Shutdown of Narcotics Section of County Crime Lab - DA says that the office no longer has absolute confidence in drug evidence analyzed by Nassau crime lab, demands closure of section until modernization and state-of-the-art lab is complete
02-10-2011 Deer Park Man Indicted for Murder After Drunk Driving Wrong-Way Crash That Killed His Friend - Cruz drong the wrong way on the LIE at 112 M.P.H. for 12 miles; faces 25 years to life in prison
02-09-2011 Statement by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice - Nassau County Crime Lab
02-09-2011 Valley Stream Couple Charged With Stealing More Than $37K in Taxpayer Money - Insanallys underreported their income to steal Medicaid benefits
02-08-2011 Board of Elections Employee Charged With Creating False Addresses on Election Petitions - Valley Stream man faces up to four years in prison if convicted
02-07-2011 Convicted Rapist Sentenced to Two to Six Years in Prison After 30 Years on the Run - DA Investigator cracked cold case; Nassau PD and NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehend Rudy Carter in March 2010
02-04-2011 Jury Convicts Lynbrook Man of Slashing Bouncer's Head, Face, and Neck at East Meadow Bar - King faces up to seven years in prison for February 2010 attack
   
January  
01-31-2011 District Attorney's Office Case Round Up - Three men arrested in Locust Valley Post Office thefts; Queens man charged with insurance fraud; Farmingdale man convicted of robberies and shootings
01-25-2011 Bethpage Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison for Bellmore Crime Spree - Cotsifas severely beat man with a brick after robbing a teenage girl and trying to steal a car parked at a gas station
01-21-2011 Doctor Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail for Putting Hidden Camera in Manhasset Office's Bathroom - Rice: Pacienza installed air purifier containing hidden camera; video feed went straight to his desk
01-20-2011 Bay Shore Woman Pleads Guilty to Paralyzing Three-Year-Old Daughter in Drunk Driving Crash - Child was not in safety seat when Alfaro crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into tree
01-20-2011 Disbarred Attorney Charged With Stealing More Than $1.6 Million from Real Estate Client - Kalpakis, of Old Westbury, forged documents on three phony real estate transactions
01-20-2011 Retired Fire Dispatcher Pleads Guilty to Stealing $196K from Glen Cove Fire Department - Gray pleaded guilty to top count against him; spent cash on model trains and specialty cigars
01-13-2011 Suffolk Man Charged With Scamming Victims Out of More Than $100K in 2009 Massapequa House Raffle Scam - Cicerone promised ticket-holders the chance to win million-dollar home; instead used cash for vacations
01-07-2011 Bethea Gets 25 Years to Life in Prison for 21-Year-Old Cold Case Murder in Hempstead - DNA evidence linked upstate man to 1989 attack
01-06-2011 Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing $5.3M from Nassau Lenders in Multistate Mortgage Fraud Schemes - Goldberger stole mortgage proceeds from Jericho and Great Neck banks; used dead attorney's signature for closing
01-04-2011 DA Proposes Change to Traffic Law to Recognize Wrong-ways as Specific Offense; Also Urges DOT to Consider 'Rumble Strips' on Roadways - Rice also plans January meeting with DOT officials to discuss wave of wrong-way incidents