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2014 News Releases

September  
09-18-2014 Katie Beers to Keynote L.I. Youth Safety Coalition Conference on Teen Sexual Health & Safety
09-17-2014 Brooklyn Man Sentenced in 2012 Jail Killing - Charles Creekmur, 27, strangled Antwan Brown of Long Beach after dispute at Nassau County Jail
09-11-2014 Statement by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on 13th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks
09-09-2014 DA Rice Receives Prestigious National Award for Driving Safety
09-08-2014 DA Rice Proposes Comprehensive Plan to Combat Epidemic of Driving While Texting - Calls upon tech, insurance, judicial & law enforcement partners to help end deadly, costly practice
09-05-2014 Former Bethpage Pediatrician Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Young Girls - Rakesh Punn, 56, drugged and abused girls in his doctor's office
09-05-2014 Man Who Killed Nassau Det. Arthur Lopez and Raymond Facey Sentenced to Life Without Parole - Queens man found guilty in July by Nassau jury of murdering eight-year veteran of force and Brooklyn motorist
09-04-2014 Former Plainview-Based Plumber Charged with Stealing From Nine Long Island Homeowners - David Jensen, of Floral Park, took money for work on heating systems before and after Superstorm Sandy
August  
08-26-2014 Joseph Beer Sentenced for Killing Four of His Friends in 2012 Crash on Southern State Parkway - 19 year old gets five to 15 years in prison for causing deaths of Neal Rajapa, Darian Ramnarine, Peter Kanhai, and Christopher Kahn
08-25-2014 Freeport Man Pleads Guilty to All Counts in Garage Fire that Killed 13 Pit Bulls - Anthony Reddick, 53, to receive prison time on felony and misdemeanor animal fighting charges
08-20-2014 Glen Cove Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Releasing Toxic Chemicals into Long Island Sound - John Doxey, 45, also ordered to finish clean-up of site contaminated with gasoline, anti-freeze and other harmful chemicals
08-20-2014 Identity Thief Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Jewish Charity and Suffolk County Resident - Marie Augustin, 42, of Westbury, to get jail time and pay more than $180K back to Nassau-based charity
08-19-2014 Uniondale Man Found Guilty of All Charges in Fatal Shooting Near Church - Jonathan Mack, 20, shot victim four times during an argument in June 2013
08-12-2014 Nassau Correction Officer Arrested in Amphetamine Case - Daniel Lanigan, 29, of Levittown, arrested after DA investigation
08-06-2014 Syosset Man Pleads Guilty to Top Charge in Hit-and-Run that Left Teenage Girl Dead - DA Rice calls for higher penalties for leaving the scene of a collision
July  
07-29-2014 Queens Driver Pleads Guilty to Top Charge in High-Speed Crash that Killed Four - Joseph Beer, 19, pleads to aggravated vehicular homicide and admits to being impaired by marijuana during his crash
07-28-2014 Nassau Jury Finds Queens Man Guilty on All Counts of Killing Policeman and Motorist - Darrell Fuller, 34, found guilty of shooting and killing NCPD Officer Arthur Lopez and Brooklyn resident Raymond Facey
07-25-2014 Lynbrook Nanny Indicted by Grand Jury for Leaving Toddler in Hot Car - Christine Nunes, 37, left 3-year-old charge in car while shoplifting at Target in Hicksville
07-23-2014 Unlicensed Contractor Ordered to Make Full Restitution to Scammed Nassau County Victims - Charles Ganzenmuller, 38, pleads guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from homeowners for repairs that never took place
07-22-2014 New Tip Line for Human Trafficking, Corruption, Abuse, and Tax Fraud in Nassau County - Public can call (516) 571-7755 to facilitate tips to DA's office
07-21-2014 Driver Sentenced to Prison in 2013 Crash that Killed Franklin Square Father of Three - Brian Daly, 26, of Valley Stream, pleaded guilty in March to being drunk and high on cocaine when he broadsided minivan
07-20-2014 Officials, Advocates and Victims Call for Long-Overdue Boating Safety Measures - Nassau DA & PD also announce enhanced summertime enforcement
07-18-2014 Plainview Attorney to be Disbarred After Pleading Guilty to Stealing Thousands of Dollars from Clients - Matthew Kogan, 40, repaid full amount to victims as a result of prosecution for stealing client funds to pay off personal and professional expenses
07-11-2014 Ringleader of Child Modeling Scam Gets Prison Time - James Muniz, 45, president of Hicksville child modeling agency pleaded guilty in May to scamming $236K from families
07-10-2014 Bronx Teen Sentenced to 18 Years to Life For Shooting and Killing Freeport Man - Jazz Murphy, 19, murdered 34-year-old Leonard Thames in Jan. 2013
07-10-2014 Nassau Jury Finds Brooklyn Man Guilty in 2012 Jail Killing - Charles Creekmur, 27, strangled fellow inmate to death while awaiting trial in Nassau County jail
07-09-2014 Unlicensed Contractor Sentenced for Scamming Over $582K from Nassau County Home and Business Owners - Anthony Delmaro, 42, formerly of Suffolk County, gets prison time for home and commercial improvement work he never performed
07-08-2014 Financial Planner Indicted for Stealing More than $1.6 Million from Special Needs Camp & Other Victims - Investigation uncovers additional $73,500 in theft
07-07-2014 Freeport Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Brutal 2012 Stab-Slay - Henry Martinez-Ramos, 26, stabbed his younger victim approximately 86 times before trying to hide body
07-03-2014 East Meadow Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography - Sherlock, 25, found by federal & state investigators to have downloaded videos depicting children engaging in sexual acts
07-03-2014 Truck Driver Sentenced for Killing Bus Driver, Seriously Injuring Attendant, and Injuring Four Students - Raymond Ragen, 46, of Mineola gets five to 15 years in prison for head-on collision
07-01-2014 DiNAPOLI AND RICE HALT PENSION SCAM - Double-Dipping Retiree Illegally Pocketed $465,647 from State Pension Fund While Earning Public Salary
07-01-2014 Bookkeeper Sentenced to Prison and Restitution for Stealing More Than $316K from Great Neck Employer - Onesta Reyes, 49, of West Babylon, used position to inflate salary, create fake employees and file phony expenses
June  
06-25-2014 Valley Stream Man Charged with Animal Cruelty for Leaving Pit Bull Boxer in Hot Car for Hours - Dog suffocated to death after being locked in a stiflingly hot car without adequate water or proper ventilation by owner
06-19-2014 DA Rice Funding In-Car and Body Camera System to Aid Police Department and Protect Citizens - Funds to expand pilot program providing officers and supervisors with latest crime-fighting and public safety technology
06-17-2014 Queens Man Gets 55 Years for Valley Stream Home Invasion - Levy Robinson, 46, was found guilty by Nassau jury for terrorizing family during violent 2012 robbery
06-13-2014 East Meadow Man Gets 25 to Life in Hempstead Murder- Herber Guzman, 42, shot stranger in the stomach with a shotgun
06-12-2014 Employee Returns $292K to Plainview Company - Rocca, 68, of Merrick, also sentenced to jail and ordered to pay the remaining $164K she stole in embezzlement case
06-10-2014 Long Beach Official & Accomplice Charged with Stealing $14k Worth of Equipment - Salt spreaders were sold and scrapped for a few hundred dollars
06-10-2014 Hempstead Man Charged with Attempting to Rape Sex Worker at Knifepoint in Westbury Motel - Ramone Smith, 23, also faces rape, sexual abuse, and robbery charges in three other attacks on sex workers last year
06-06-2014 Nassau Jury Finds Queens Driver Guilty in Crash that Killed Four of His Friends - Joseph Beer, then 17, smoked marijuana before traveling at speeds over 110 mph at time of 2012 crash
06-06-2014 DA Rice Warns Public About New Phone Phishing Scam - Cybercriminals claiming to be from Microsoft offering help with computers
06-04-2014 Queens Teenager Pleads Guilty to Burglarizing Homes in Valley Stream and North Woodmere - Onyx Arroyo, 19, expected to serve prison time for series of break-ins
06-04-2014 NCDA, Safe Center LI, Sanctuary for Families Announce Education Program for Defendants Who Patronize Prostitutes
06-02-2014 Queens Man Gets Max Sentence for Fatal Elmont Shooting
May  
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05-16-2014 Woodbury Woman Pays Back $231K Stolen from Manhasset Employer - Hillary Hudesman, 55, pleaded guilty in December
05-15-2014 President of Hicksville Child Modeling Agency Pleads Guilty to Scamming $236K from Families - James Muniz, 44, defrauded dozens of clients with promises of lucrative roles and modeling jobs for children
05-15-2014 Freeport Man Pleads Guilty to Burglarizing Homes Damaged by Superstorm Sandy - Keith Shippey, 24, left cigarette butts with crucial DNA evidence behind at crime scenes
05-14-2014 Two Dozen Cats Rescued from Apparent Hoarding House in Westbury - Owner of cats charged with animal cruelty, and house condemned, after DA investigators execute search warrant with local officials & animal shelters
05-14-2014 Three Men Charged with Illegal Fishing Causing Environmental Damage and Threatening Industry - Illegal commercial clamming off Long Island's South Shore endangered environment and livelihood of other law-abiding fishermen
05-12-2014 Retired Police Officer Convicted on 75 Counts of Official Misconduct; Forfeits $195K Termination Package - Michael Tedesco sentenced today for spending dozens of hours at two women's homes while on duty
05-08-2014 Oyster Bay Woman Sentenced to Jail for Animal Neglect Leading to Leg Amputation - Shawanna Hughes also facing animal cruelty and drug charges in separate cases
05-05-2014 Unlicensed Contractor Sentenced to Jail and More Than $1 Million in Restitution for Repair and Tax Scams - Victims include taxpayers as well as seniors who paid for driveway repairs that were never performed
05-02-2014 Inwood Man Arraigned on Grand Jury Charges in Bogus Check Scam - Daniel Miller, 46, also faces sexual assault and conspiracy charges stemming from two separate incidents in 2012
05-01-2014 Queens Man Ordered to Pay Full Restitution in Home Depot Charity Scam - Williams, 57, sentenced today for stealing thousands through employer's donation-matching program
April  
04-25-2014 DA Program Providing ID Cards For Children Coming to Community Events in April and May - Rice's 'Operation Safe Child' in Long Beach on Sunday
04-25-2014 Queens Woman Sentenced in LIRR Card Skimming Case - Teodora Zaharia, 28, helped use hidden cameras and bank card 'skimmers' to scam commuters
04-24-2014 Queens Man Sentenced for Poisoning Child in Lawrence - Khemchan Sulaiman, 48, sentenced for 2011 attempted murder
04-24-2014 Massapequa Man Who Faked His Own Death for Insurance Money Sentenced to Prison - Raymond Roth, 49, also sentenced for pretending to be a police officer while demanding that a woman get into his vehicle
04-23-2014 DA Rice on 'Swatting': 'We Will Hold Any Perpetrators Accountable'
04-22-2014 Bayville Man Sentenced for Sexual Intercourse with Teenager in Glen Cove - Ruiz-Hernandez met his victim on Facebook
04-22-2014 Former LIRR Employee Sentenced for Stealing Copper from Railroad -- Eric Axelson, 52, stole copper wire and sold it for scrap
04-09-2014 Attorney Arrested for Stealing from Clients - Matthew Kogan, 40, spent money meant for lawsuit settlement
04-08-2014 DA Rice Announces Arrests in Tax Evasion Cases - Defendants being prosecuted owe almost $1 million in taxes
04-07-2014 DA Rice, Advocates Call on NYS Legislature to Pass Sweeping Animal Crimes Reform Bill - Legislation would streamline and strengthen NY's antiquated animal crimes statute
04-04-2014 Hempstead Man Sentenced for Assaulting Police Officer - Christopher Sargeant, 34, cut officer with a knife after police responded to a call of a man throwing rocks at passing cars
04-03-2014 Suffolk County Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $316K from Great Neck Employer - Reyes, 49, of West Babylon, spent cash on clothing, shoes, and jewelry
04-02-2014 Elmont Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Truck that Knocked Down Dozens of Utility Lines - Grasman, 52, struck multiple telephone poles, traffic signals, wires and trees while driving stolen vehicle
March  
03-31-2014 Valley Stream Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash that Killed Father of Three - Brian Daly, 25, caused 2013 crash while drunk
03-28-2014 Former Town of North Hempstead Employee Arrested For Falsifying Employment Applications - Edward Lucas, 59, did not disclose prior conviction to employer
03-26-2014 Jury Finds Queens Man Guilty in Violent Valley Stream Home Invasion - Levy Robinson, 46, convicted after terrorizing family in armed robbery
03-24-2014 Jury Convicts Queens Man in Fatal Elmont Shooting
03-24-2014 Great Neck Man Arrested for Stealing $22,000 in Medicaid Benefits - Chaman, 38, underreported income from Manhattan rug business to obtain taxpayer-funded benefits
03-21-2014 LIRR Workers Charged with Stealing Copper from Railroad Communications Network - Authorities say three defendants assigned to same work gang stole wire cable containing copper and scrapped it for profit
03-21-2014 Highway Racer Sentenced to Jail - Lopez, 22, was convicted by jury last October
03-20-2014 Brothers Face New Charges in Major Counterfeiting Operation Takedown - Pardeep Malik, 59, and Hamant Mullick, 60, arraigned on grand jury indictment for counterfeiting health & beauty products of major international brands
03-19-2014 Lido Beach Attorney Arrested for Stealing $16,000 in Escrow Funds from Mother and Daughter - Susan Odery, 56, charged with stealing money meant for payment of taxes
03-18-2014 DA Rice Announces Sentencing of International Fugitive Who Spent a Dozen Years on the Run - Sebastian Barba, 36, captured after multi-agency manhunt in wake of hit-and-run incident that killed an 80-year-old Westbury woman
03-17-2014 DA Rice and Mayor Hall Celebrate 3rd Anniversary of Groundbreaking Youth Court Program - Progressive and innovative program founded by DA Rice in 2011 also marks 350th case involving nonviolent youth offenders
03-14-2014 Suffolk Woman Charged in Craigslist Shelter Dog Sale Scheme - Lisette Tobon, 23, attempted to adopt dogs from municipal shelters and sell them for profit
03-14-2014 DA Rice Announces Guilty Pleas in Scam Against Long Island Railroad Ticket Vending Machine Users - Dorin Husa, 37, and Niculae Petre, 45, manufactured hidden cameras
03-12-2014 Disbarred Attorney Charged with Stealing from Clients - Urena de Checo, 39, of Freeport, found taking money meant to pay settlements for clients she represented
03-12-2014 Suffolk Man Arrested for Stealing $172K from Employer - Thomas Holt, 65, of Nesconset, was an employee for 20 years at business in Great Neck
03-11-2014 DA Rice Announces More than a Half Million Dollars in Stolen Medicaid and Public Assistance Funds Ordered Repaid to Taxpayers - Last of eight defendants in sweep sentenced in court today
03-11-2014 Bookkeeper Sentenced for Stealing More than $866K from Nassau County Architectural Firm - Lori Maceluch, 48, of Huntington, forged more than 500 checks, spending cash on vacations, shopping and restaurants
03-10-2014 DA Rice to Address Danger of Heroin Usage Among Young People at Local School Presentation - Now in its 6th year, DA Rice's 'Not My Child' program teaches parents and educators about the problem of heroin addiction
03-07-2014 DA Rice Announces Takedown of Major Counterfeiting Operation - More than $2 Million worth of health & beauty products of major international brands seized from five locations across Nassau County
03-07-2014 Queens Janitorial Company Ordered to Pay More than $94K in Back Wages and Unemployment Insurance
03-06-2014 Suffolk Man Sentenced for Stealing More than $244K from Hospice Care Network - Jeffrey Mohamed, 38, sentenced to 2 to 6 years in prison for stealing cash and spending it on video games, gambling, and hotel stays
03-05-2014 Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Nearly $1 Million From Homeowners, Title Insurance Companies and Taxpayers - Timoney, 55, used stolen money to pay child support, pay for personal expenses and maintain his other properties
03-05-2014 Former PTA Treasurer Charged for Cashing More than $5K in Fraudulent Checks - Kathryn Savage, 38, wrote five unauthorized checks from Central Boulevard PTA's checking account
03-04-2014 Jonathan Roth Sentenced for Helping Father Fake Death in Life Insurance Scam - Trial for father, Raymond, on kidnapping and impersonation of a police officer charges begins today
03-03-2014 Levittown Couple Sentenced for Stealing More than $92K in Medicaid Benefits - Husband and wife underreported income and assets to get benefits to which they were not entitled
03-02-2014 DA Rice Announces Arrest of Freeport Man on Animal Fighting Charges After Garage Fire Reveals 13 Dead Pit Bulls - Three live pit bulls and dogfighting paraphernalia also found; DA Rice calling for reform of animal cruelty and fighting laws
February  
02-28-2014 DA Rice Announces Arrest of Mineola Contractor for Failing to Pay Over $5,000 in Wages to Former Employee
02-24-2014 Unlicensed Contractor Arrested For Defrauding Nassau County Homeowners - Charles Ganzenmuller, of Pennsylvania, charged with taking money for air conditioning repairs without doing work
02-24-2014 DA Rice Announces Third and Final Sentence in Cover-up Case Involving Son of Police Benefactor - Former detective sergeant pleads guilty to official misconduct in case involving efforts to prevent arrest of teenager
02-24-2014 Long Beach Man Sentenced for Burglarizing Two Homes - DNA evidence from a discarded cigarette butt led to Moss's arrest
02-21-2014 Great Neck Husband and Wife Arrested For Stealing Over $70K in Medicaid Benefits - Flora Mounessa, 39, and Shahram Sharif, 45, claimed benefits while depositing over $2 million in personal bank accounts
02-20-2014 Queens Man Sentenced for Violent Sexual Assaults Against Two Women in Valley Stream - Peterkin, 17, of Springfield Gardens, gets 20 years in prison for attacks against a 61-year-old and a pregnant 30-year-old
02-19-2014 Jury Finds Two Guilty in 'Rollin' '60s' Gang Trial - Verdict in first trial stemming from largest gang takedown in Nassau County history
02-19-2014 DA Rice: Governor's prison education proposal 'an important step toward curbing recidivism and reducing crime'
02-18-2014 Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Over $111K from Home Depot Employee Donation Matching Program and Charity - Williams tried to steal another $57K before stopped by company investigators at Elmont store
02-18-2014 DA Rice: Protect Yourself from Top Tax Scams - Nassau County's top prosecutor warns residents to exercise caution and protect sensitive personal information
02-10-2014 Atlantic Beach Bookkeeper Sentenced for Stealing More Than $250K from Employer - Goucher, 63, forged employer's signature on over 100 checks to pay for personal credit cards, home equity loan, personal shopping and travel
02-08-2014 New Jersey Man Arrested for Stealing Over $20K in Tips from Parking Attendants at Roosevelt Field Mall - Benevento, as parking manager, required payments from valets for each shift worked during the week
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January  
01-31-2014 Queens Owner of Great Neck Auto Body Shops Pleads Guilty to Failing to Pay $335k in Taxes
01-30-2014 DA Rice to Victims of Domestic Violence: 'You Are Not Alone' - Speaks at Molloy College's 'Partner Project' forum to bring awareness to relationship and domestic violence
01-30-2014 Manhasset Man Arrested for Selling Hundreds of Counterfeit Hollywood Hits - Breland, 41, charged with illegal sale of video recordings - including several Oscar-nominated movies currently in theaters
01-28-2014 N.J. Man Pleads Guilty to Scamming L.I. Contractor of $75K Meant for New Windows at Lido Beach Home - Brown, 51, used cash paid for window purchase and installation on fishing gear, restaurants and trips to Florida
01-23-2014 Syosset Attorney Charged with Tax Fraud Totaling Approx. $28K - Turkish, 58, was arrested today for failing to disclose income during a three-year period
01-23-2014 Attorney Sentenced for Stealing More Than $4.3 Million from Clients - Kalpakis, 53, of Old Westbury, stole millions from clients, including his own wife, by forging real estate and loan documents
01-17-2014 DA Investigation Uncovers Loan Sharking Scheme - Bongarzone, 53, of Wantagh, charged with possession of loaded weapons and with making loans at over 100 percent interest
01-17-2014 DA Investigators Arrest West Hempstead Man on Charges in Dogfighting Case - Hernandez, 26, charged with possession of animal fighting paraphernalia and animal neglect
01-16-2014 Ex-CFO Sentenced for Stealing Over $400K from Dunkin Donuts Franchisee - Cortese, of Rockville Centre, stole money for trips, car payments & gifts to girlfriends
01-16-2014 Craigslist Identity Thief Sentenced for Victimizing Jobseekers, Renters to Try to Steal More Than $500K - Pemberton, of Rockville Centre, used ads to file fraudulent tax refunds, bank loans, and credit cards
01-14-2014 Unlicensed Contractor Charged with Defrauding Superstorm Sandy Victims - Leiton, of Lynbrook, promised to repair homes damaged by Sandy; cashed checks but did no work
01-13-2014 Unlicensed Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing in Excess of $300K from Elderly Clients - Cohan, of East Rockaway, to face stiff penalties for cashing checks for promised repairs without performing the work
01-09-2014 Brazen Crew, Suspected of More Than 50 Burglaries, Indicted on State Charges - Crew used sophisticated technology such as cell-phone jammers and GPS trackers
01-02-2014 DA Rice Announces Online Auction of 24 Forfeited Vehicles on Jan. 8