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Legislative District 17

Posted on: March 3, 2022

LEGISLATOR WALKER HONORS NASSAU COUNTY TOP COPS WHO STOPPED SCAMMER

LEGISLATOR WALKER HONORS NASSAU COUNTY TOP COPS WHO STOPPED SCAMMER


Mineola, NY— On February 28th, Legislator Rose Marie Walker and the Nassau County Legislature honored two police officers who stopped a scammer preying on a senior citizen in Seaford. The doorbell camera video of this 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 had been arrested and needed $8,000 for bail. The scammer instructed 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 and accept the money. When he had accepted the money, the officers chased and tackled the scammer as he tried to flee.

“Scams have been a problem, and senior citizens often fall victim to them. I am very happy that Officers Passarelli and Coleman were able to get this scammer off the street,” Legislator Walker said. “If you think you have been the victim of a scam, please call your local police precinct.”

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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