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Posted on: March 3, 2022

LEGISLATOR PILIP HONORS NASSAU COUNTY TOP COPS WHO STOPPED SCAMMER

LEGISLATOR PILIP HONORS NASSAU COUNTY TOP COPS WHO STOPPED SCAMMER


Mineola, NY— On February 28th, Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip 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.

“Thank you, Officers Coleman and Passarelli for catching this scammer and putting an end to his preying on the vulnerable,” Legislator Pilip said. “Our Police in Nassau County are among our nation’s best, and they go above and beyond to help our residents. Thank you for all you do!”  

Shown in photo above, left to right: James Shanahan, Financial Secretary of Nassau PBA; Frank Arcuri, Sergeant-At-Arms of Nassau PBA; Legislator Walker; Officer Michael Passarelli; Officer Brian Coleman; Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip and Thomas Shevlin, President of Nassau PBA. 

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