Mineola, NY— On February 28th, Legislator John Giuffré and the Nassau County Legislature honored two police officers as Top Cops who stopped a scammer who was preying on a senior citizen in Seaford. The doorbell camera video of the incident has since gone viral and has made national news.
On January 20th, a man tried to scam a senior citizen in Seaford by telling her that her grandson was in jail and needed $8,000 for bail. The scammer told her to put the money in an envelope, and a bail bondsman would come to her house to pick it up. Figuring this was a scam, she called the police, and Officers Brian Coleman and Michael Passarelli of the 7th Precinct came to her house and waited inside for the scammer to arrive. When he did, the Officers jumped out and tackled the scammer as he tried to flee.
“Though the video of Officers Coleman and Passarelli tackling this scammer went viral and made a number of people laugh, senior scams are a serious issue facing our communities,” Legislator Giuffré said. “Please, if you think you have been a victim of a scam or are being scammed, call the police.”
Shown in photo above, left to right: James Shanahan, Financial Secretary of Nassau PBA; Frank Arcuri, Sergeant-At-Arms of Nassau PBA; Legislator Giuffré; Officer Michael Passarelli; Officer Brian Coleman; Legislator Denise Ford; Thomas Shevlin, President of Nassau PBA.