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2012 News Releases

December  
12-30-2012 DA Rice Joins Senator Fuschillo, Assemblyman Weisenberg, and Anti-DWI Advocates to Call on Lawmakers and the Public to Combat Drunk Driving (VIDEO)
12-18-2012 DA's Office Arrests Eight for Selling Counterfeit Merchandise at Valley Stream Flea Market - Defendants sold counterfeit handbags, shoes, and electronics
12-14-2012 Former Nassau Police Officer Indicted on 109 Counts of Records Tampering, Falsifying Business Records, and Official Misconduct - Tedesco lied about work time, missed emergency calls, and fabricated a complaint to gain access to a future girlfriend's home
12-13-2012 D.A. Rice Warns Seniors about Holiday Scams - Announces new website at SeniorScamWatch.org; site features tips to prevent identity theft and fraud
12-13-2012 Suffolk Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stiffing Workers Out of More Than $100K in Wages - DA's Labor Unit secures plea; Tri-Rail Construction agrees to pay back wages to nine employees
12-12-2012 Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 50 Years to Life in Prison for Hempstead Murder - Duren shot three people, killing one, during drug deal
12-12-2012 Garden City Scout Leader Charged With Possessing and Promoting Child Pornography - Orenchuk works at local library and as an Assistant Scout Master for a local Boy Scout troop
12-11-2012 Hicksville Man Charged With Stealing $5K in Undeserved Unemployment Benefits - Holden claimed to be jobless while working for U.S. Postal Service
12-10-2012 Jury Convicts Freeport Man of Murder for Shooting Outside of a Hempstead Bar - Smalls faces up to 25 years to life in prison; two co-defendants have already pleaded guilty
12-07-2012 Eleven People Charged With Stealing Taxpayer Money Through Public Assistance Fraud - DA will seek full restitution from defendants who stole a combined $413K
12-04-2012 Oceanside Contractor Charged With Attempting to Scam Sandy Victims - Rauch doctored Town of Hempstead flyer to mislead flood-ravaged homeowners and promote his business
12-04-2012 Dominic Barbara Charged With Attempting to Extort $200,000 from Ex-Wife and Her Business Partner - Garden City attorney threatened civil action and to expose alleged details of the victim’s sexual history in phone calls and texts
   
November  
11-16-2012 Queens Teenager Charged in Deadly Southern State Parkway Crash That Killed Four Friends - Joseph Beer had marijuana in his system at time of crash; faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted
11-13-2012 Suspect in 2001 Westbury Murder & Hit-and-Run Death Captured in Panama - Sebastian Barba was featured on "America's Most Wanted" in 2005
   
October  
10-26-2012 Suffolk Man Charged With Stealing $35K from Bethpage Church - Campbell forged checks as volunteer treasurer of East Meadow Church of Christ
10-24-2012 Former Nassau Corrections Officer Gets Maximum Sentence for Extorting Sexual Favors from Female Inmates - Barber used position as grievance officer to pressure female inmates into sexual favors; sentenced to 5 1/3 years in prison
10-19-2012 Jury Convicts Queens Man of Murdering Fellow Taxi Driver Over Disputed Fare - Heron stabbed three times in the chest during argument
10-18-2012 Nassau County Youth Court Holds 200th Hearing - Youth Court hears cases of nonviolent offenders; hearings are staffed entirely by student volunteers
10-11-2012 Jury Convicts Farmingdale Couple of Animal Neglect for Starving Pet Dog, Not Providing Veterinary Care - Zack, a two-year-old Great Dane, weighed just 87 pounds; NYPD cop and wife face up to a year in jail
10-11-2012 Rockville Centre Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Hundreds of Identities Using Phony Employment and Apartment Listings on Craigslist - Pemberton and co-defendant used stolen identities to file for more than $500K in fraudulent tax returns, bank loans, and credit cards
10-10-2012 Rice Announces Anti-Bullying Website Featuring Justin Bieber PSA - PSA satisfies plea agreement for 2009 Roosevelt Field incident; Website at www.StopBullyingLI.org features resources to prevent and report bullying
10-09-2012 Williston Park Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Mailing Himself Package of Cocaine - Kappen shipped drugs in a television box from California; two co-defendants pleaded guilty previously
10-04-2012 Statement of District Attorney Kathleen Rice on the Implementation of New SAT/ACT Security Measures
10-01-2012 Massapequa Man Charged With Stealing More Than $200K in Sales Tax Revenue- Shaw's used car dealership hasn't paid sales tax since 2006
   
September  
09-28-2012 RVC Man Charged With Stealing More Than $870K from Insurance Companies - Timoney's thefts left homeowners and insurers with mortgages, deeds, and taxes not being filed
09-28-2012 Jury Convicts Hempstead Man of Murder for Deadly DWI Crash - Williams was fleeing police with a BAC of .27%; faces 25 years to life in prison - Conviction marks Rice's third DWI-related murder conviction
09-12-2012 Freeport Man Sentenced to 22 Years for Rockville Centre Burglary, Assaulting Police Officers - Valery attempted to grab cop's gun during struggle
09-07-2012 Hempstead Woman Charged With Criminally Neglecting Severely Injured Dog - John failed to provide medical treatment to dog's life-threatening injuries
09-05-2012 Alphonso Barnes Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Brutal Long Beach Rape - Attack lasted an hour and a half; Jury convicted Barnes in August
   
August  
08-30-2012 Jericho Man Charged With Stealing More Than $600K in Insurance Premiums from Client - Koch spent money on country club membership, luxury car payments, and gambling trips
08-28-2012 Sweep Nets 25 Convicted Drunk Drivers for Ignition Interlock Violations - The defendants were arrested after driving to probation meetings
08-23-2012 Level 3 Sex Offender Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Pornography Conviction - Weaver pleaded guilty last month after images and videos were found at his home
08-23-2012 Jury Convicts Former Nassau Corrections Officer of Extorting Sexual Favors from Female Inmates - Barber used position as grievance officer to pressure female inmates into sexual favors; faces up to 10 years in prison
08-17-2012 Former Hempstead Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Selling Prescription Painkillers - Judge commits to a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for Brian Jones
08-15-2012 Raymond Roth Charged After Faking His Own Death - Roth faces up to 15 years in prison for insurance fraud and other charges
08-13-2012 DA Rice Honors Local Youth Court Volunteers - Area high school students volunteered their time to act as attorneys, judges, and jurors in Youth Court hearings
08-08-2012

Charges Upgraded Against Suffolk Man Who Caused Crash That Severely Injured a Nassau County Police Officer - Officer suffered numerous injuries; Blanton faces 10 to 25 years in prison if convicted

08-06-2012 Rep. Israel and Nassau County DA Rice Join in Effort to Protect Seniors Buying Drugs Online
08-01-2012 Two State DOT Workers Charged With Doctoring Paperwork to Secure Continued Funding - Miller and Iannolo falsified documents on four occasions to reflect more HELP truck activity
08-01-2012 Jury Convicts Alphonso Barnes of First-Degree Rape for Brutal Long Beach Attack - Barnes faces life in prison for raping woman in December 2009
   
July  
07-30-2012 Suffolk Man Sentenced to 5 to 15 Years in Prison for Killing Two Men in Drunk Driving Crash on Wantagh State Parkway - Ramirez caused crash that killed two union carpenters in April 2011
07-25-2012 Elmont Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Brutal Triple Murder - Ormejuste killed his mother, father, and brother in June 2010
07-20-2012 Five Arrested for Buying $6.4 Million Worth of Illegal Untaxed Cigarettes - Defendants evaded paying $3 million in potential tax revenue
07-16-2012 Rice Issues Report of the Investigation Into the Deaths of Agent John Capano and James McGoey
07-12-2012 Accused Sex Offender Charged With Plotting to Kill Teenage Victim - Miller charged with conspiracy after trying to hire a hitman to kill teenager he assaulted
07-11-2012 Freeport Man Sentenced to 7 to 14 Years in Prison for Killing Port Washington Woman in Drunk Driving Crash - Allen's BAC was more than twice the legal limit
07-10-2012 Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of Nassau County Police Officer - Banner will serve 16 years for shooting at officer during chase
07-10-2012 Kayla Gerdes Sentenced to 3 to 9 Years in Prison for Drugged Driving Crash That Killed Retired Doctor Mowing Her Lawn - Gerdes pleaded guilty in April to manslaughter and multiple drug charges
   
June  
06-29-2012 DA Rice Announces Conviction in Brutal Triple Murder - Dario Ormejuste faces life in prison for killing his mother, father, and brother
06-21-2012 Queens Woman Charged With Stealing Money from Group Home for the Developmentally Disabled - Yearwood stole more than $12K, worked as resident manager for two Nassau group homes
06-20-2012 "Operation: Long Distance Haul" Results in Three Arrests, Seizure of More than $2 Million in Counterfeit Cell Phones - More than 32,000 phones seized in Nassau County and at JFK International Airport
06-18-2012 Suffolk Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Two Men in Drunk Driving Crash on Wantagh State Parkway - Ramirez faces up to 5 to 15 years in prison
06-15-2012 Jury Convicts Hempstead Man of Violent Robbery, Sexually Abusing Female Victim - Burley faces up to 25 years in prison; female co-defendant's case is pending
06-15-2012 Jury Convicts Williston Park Man of Mailing Himself Package of Cocaine - Kappen faces up to 24 years in prison; two co-defendants have already pleaded guilty
06-14-2012 Westbury Contractor Charged With Operating with Forged Insurance Documents - Lack of insurance left employees with no workers' compensation coverage in case of injury
06-13-2012 Jury Convicts Hempstead Man of Rockville Centre Burglary - Parson faces up to 15 years in prison for November 2011 burglary
06-11-2012 Hempstead Man Charged With Animal Cruelty and Dogfighting After Dead Pitbull is Found in Backyard - Phillips faces up to two years in jail if convicted; severely injured and emaciated pitbull also found on property
06-06-2012 90 Charged in Nassau Since the Creation of DA's Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit - Arrests are the result of the combined efforts of the DA's Office, NCPD, and DEA
06-01-2012 Jury Convicts Freeport Man of Rockville Centre Burglary, Assaulting Police Offices - Valery faces up to 25 years in prison for burglary; attempted to grab cop's gun during struggle
   
May  
05-31-2012 Freeport Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Port Washington Woman in Drunk Driving Crash - Judge commits to a sentence of 7 to 14 years in prison
05-25-2012 Seven Charged With Stealing More Than an Estimated $875K in Taxpayer Money Through Food Stamp Fraud - Three companies also charged with trading benefits for cash, alcohol, and cigarettes
05-24-2012 Two Phony Professionals Charged With Operating for Years Without Licenses - Gottlieb and Witz face felony charges for ignoring licensing requirements, not informing employers or clients
05-21-2012 Muttontown Man Charged With Illegally Dumping Thousands of Gallons of Hazardous Waste in Glen Cove - Doxey charged with 20 felonies for illegal dumping at salvage yard
05-16-2012 Queens Insulation Company Pleads Guilty to Stiffing Workers Out of More Than $30K for Work Performed at Wheatley High School - DA's Labor Unit secures plea; company agrees to pay back wages to six employees
05-15-2012 Westbury Man Sentenced to 32-and-a-Half Years to Life in Prison for Raping Girl, Then Murdering Her Father for Calling the Police - Bonilla was convicted of multiple felonies in December 2011
   
April  
04-24-2012 DA Rice Authors New Legislation To Strengthen Animal Cruelty Laws and Punish Offenders More Severely - Reclassifying Animal Cruelty laws will allow judges to impose longer prison sentences, larger fines, and stiffer probation requirements - DA Rice: 'Animals are living things, not property, and I strongly believe that they deserve better protection under the law'
04-20-2012 New Cassel Man Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty After Officers Discover Severely Emaciated Pit Bull - Miller will serve 6 months in jail for animal cruelty and resisting arrest
04-16-2012 Queens Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Violently Attacking and Partially Blinding a Registered Nurse - Oakes was a patient at Franklin Hospital when he attacked victim with a broken chair leg
04-16-2012 Bronx Man Sentenced to 4-to-12 Years in Prison for Fatal Syosset Drunk Driving Crash - Nieto was drag racing his landscaping truck when he crossed into oncoming traffic and killed an 86-year-old man
04-11-2012 Hempstead Schools Groundskeeper Arrested for Stealing Playgrounds from Schools - Tyson scrapped metal for cash causing at least $50K in damage
04-10-2012 Freeport Woman Pleads Guilty to Drugged Driving Crash That Killed Retired Doctor Mowing Her Lawn - Judge agrees to sentence Gerdes to 3-to-9 years in prison in exchange for guilty plea
04-09-2012 Roosevelt Man Sentenced to 20 Years to Life in Prison for His Role in a December 2010 Murder in Hempstead - Henry acted as getaway driver in gas station murder
   
March  
03-27-2012 Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, SAT, and ACT Executives Announce National Test Security Overhaul to Prevent Cheating - All test-takers will upload photos at registration, available to high school and college officials - DA Rice: These security upgrades will put an end to the cheating epidemic we uncovered and ensure that millions of honest kids get a fair shot in the college admissions process
03-22-2012 Oceanside Woman Charged With Stealing $5K from Elementary School PTA - Sommer-Fleissig faces up to seven years in prison if convicted
03-15-2012 Statement of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on the Passage of the All-Crimes DNA Databank Expansion
03-12-2012 Rice Applauds Senate's Passage of Fuschillo-Sponsored Legislation to Strengthen Oversight of Conditional Licenses - Proposed law would require court's consent before DMV could grant a conditional license
03-09-2012 DA Kathleen Rice Honored as One of "America's Top Ten Animal Defenders" by National Organization - Animal Legal Defense Fund recognized efforts of the Animal Crimes Unit created by Rice two years ago
03-07-2012 Jury Convicts Brooklyn Man of Robbery for Attacking a Valley Stream Couple in Their Driveway - Wahhab was arrested in December 2010 after he was featured on America's Most Wanted; he faces up to 15 years in prison
03-06-2012 New Cassel Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Cousin in Drunk Driving Crash - Ramirez-Mendoza had BAC of .18% more than an hour after the February 2011 crash
03-02-2012 Roosevelt Man Sentenced to 4 to 12 Years in Prison for Killing Motorcyclist in Wrong-Way Drunk Driving Crash - McBride had a BAC of .14% four hours after the crash
03-01-2012 Three Nassau County Police Officials Indicted on Charges That They Provided Special Treatment for Police Donor - Officials deliberately inhibited the arrest of wealthy benefactor's son
   
February  
02-28-2012 District Attorney Rice Releases Report on the Investigation Into the Deaths of Anthony DiGeronimo and Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf
02-27-2012 Suffolk County Man Charged With Stealing More Than $240K from Hospice Care Network - Healthcare network provided end-of-life care for patients suffering from terminal illnesses
02-17-2012 Hempstead Teen Sentenced to 10 Years to Life in Prison for Stabbing a Westbury Man to Death - Cifuentes stabbed victim six times with a knife; co-defendant Santos attacked victim with a machete
02-16-2012 Hempstead Woman Charged With Stealing More Than $10K in Public Housing Assistance Benefits - Martin worked at Hempstead Housing Authority; used position to fraudulently alter her own file
02-14-2012 Jury Convicts Hempstead Man of Robbing Baldwin Gas Station; Faces 7 to 14 Years in Prison - Peterson and two others were arrested blocks away after being unable to steal gas station customer's car
02-10-2012 Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 4 to 12 Years in Prison for Stealing $5.3M in Mortgage Proceeds from Nassau Lenders - Goldberger stole from Jericho and Great Neck lenders; used dead attorney's signature for closing
02-09-2012 Three Postal Employees Charged With Using Their Position to Steal Cash - Defendants worked in post offices in Massapequa Park, Hicksville, and Uniondale
02-08-2012 Long Beach City Councilman Charged With Stealing More Than $14K in Unemployment Benefits - Grand jury indicts Fagen for never reporting his government job to Labor Department
   
January  
01-31-2012 Queens Man Convicted in Woodbury Home Invasion - Yusuf faces up to 25 years in prison for acting as driver
01-30-2012 Glen Cove Man Sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 Years in Prison for Killing Motorcyclist in Drugged Driving Crash - Uribe was under the influence of hydrocodone and alcohol when he caused a three-car crash in East Hills
01-27-2012 Baldwin Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Attempting to Murder Girlfriend - Knudson beat and strangled the victim after putting a plastic bag over her head in February 2011
01-26-2012 Two Women Charged With Stealing Hundreds of Identities with Phony Craigslist Employment and Apartment Listings - Pemberton and Sibert used stolen identities to file for more than $500K in fraudulent tax refunds, bank loans and credit cards - DA Rice provides tips to prevent identity theft online
01-25-2012 Jury Convicts Westbury Man for Hicksville Robbery - Oguntunji faces up to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison for purse-snatching
01-23-2012 Rice-Authored Bill to Create Felony Charges for Wrong-Way and Reckless Drives Passes Senate - Bill sponsored by Senator Fuschillo would create new charge of Aggravated Reckless Driving
01-19-2012 Rice Applauds State Senate for Passing Bill That Closes DUI Loophole - Sponsored by Senator Fuschillo, bill now sent to Assembly for consideration
01-17-2012 Long Beach Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Killing Neighbor - Fitzgerald shot victim in the face after an argument
01-17-2012 Mangano and Rice Announce Local Pharmacist Security Summit
01-05-2012 Hempstead Man Receives 3 to 7 Years in Prison for DWI Crash That Killed Nurse - Davis was driving drunk when he struck and killed Uniondale man returning from work at a local nursing home