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    A Long Island man has been indicted for allegedly using forged prescriptions to acquire opioids. James Cosentino, age 29, of Valley Stream, was indicted on Thursday, July 7 for allegedly using doctors’ prescription pads to illegally obtain oxycodone and morphine from several pharmacies in Nassau County in 2021 and 2022. According to Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly, Cosentino was charged with: Eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument 16 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance He is due back in court on Wednesday, Aug. 3. If convicted of the top charge, Cosentino faces a potential maximum of nine years in prison. “This defendant has, on several occasions, allegedly used forged prescriptions to obtain large quantities of opioids, including oxycodone and morphine, from pharmacies around Nassau County,” said Donnelly. “Again and again, Cosentino allegedly used these forged prescription pads – stolen from doctors’ offices – to get his hands on thousands of pills.” According to the charges, Cosentino allegedly acquired prescription pads that were stolen from doctors’ offices in Inwood and Valley Stream....
    NASSAU COUNTY (WABC) -- A high school teacher on Long Island becomes the first educator to be prosecuted for vaccine card fraud.Tricia Manno, 47, was arraigned Wednesday for submitting a forged COVID-19 vaccination card to Sewanhaka Central High School District in an attempt to tiptoe around Nassau County's mandatory testing rules."This defendant allegedly attempted to circumvent the school district's mandatory testing requirement by submitting a vaccine card with obvious forgeries," District Attorney Anne Donnelly said. "Manno doubled-down on the fraud by allegedly illegally obtaining a replacement card at the Northport VA Medical Center where she claimed to have been vaccinated, showing staff a digital fake as her proof. Submitting fraudulent documents is a crime, and in this case, one that put the health and safety of students and staff at risk."The high school teacher allegedly submitted a digital copy of a vaccination card in September 2021 that appeared to be forged.When employees at the school district learned that it was forged they asked Manno to submit the original card.That's when Manno claimed to have lost the card and that she...
    A Northern Westchester man has been charged for allegedly giving a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to his employers. Andre Davis, age 53, of Peekskill, was arrested on Tuesday, August 15, for the incident which took place in February in Yorktown. According to the Yorktown Police, officers received a report from a residential group home located within the Town of Yorktown that an employee, later identified Davis, allegedly submitted a forged COVID-19 vaccination card to their human resources department.   An officer responded to the facility and initiated an investigation which found that Davis did knowingly possess the fake COVID-10 vaccination card, police said.  Davis voluntarily turned himself in to police and was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument. Following his arrest, Davis was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. He is due to appear in court on Tuesday, March 8.
    Two Long Island nurses on Friday were charged for making over $1.5 million off of forged COVID-19 vaccination cards, The Associated Press reported. Julie DeVuono, a nurse practitioner and the owner of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare, was charged with felony forgery and offering a false instrument for filing. Her employee Marissa Urraro, a licensed practical nurse, was also charged with felony forgery. Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney said the nurses charged $220 for forged vaccination cards for adults and $85 for children in a scheme that began in November 2021. The pair would also enter incorrect information into New York’s state immunization database, according to Tierney. DeVuono and Urraro forged a vaccination card for an undercover detective before being charged. “As nurses, these two individuals should understand the importance of legitimate vaccination cards as we all work together to protect public health,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison. Michael Alber, Urraro’s lawyer, said that Urarro is a well-respected nurse and encouraged people to take caution when forming judgements about the situation. “We look forward to highlighting the legal...
    Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) Friday afternoon announced the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans from seven states who submitted the forged and "bogus" Electoral College certificates falsely claiming Donald Trump and not Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in their states. The Chairman appeared to suggest the existence of a conspiracy as well, noting the "the planning and coordination of efforts," saying "these so-called alternate electors met," and may know "who was behind that scheme." He adds that "groups of individuals met on December 14th, 2020 in seven states carried by President Biden." "The so-called alternate electors from those states then transmitted the purported Electoral-College certificates to Congress, which multiple people advising former President Trump or his campaign used to justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th, 2021." Some legal experts have said their actions may constitute a felony. Report typos and corrections to: feedback@alternet.org.#story_page_post_article Is Trump to blame for Jan. 6th? Understand the importance of honest news ? So...
    A former SUNY professor from the Hudson Valley is facing charges for allegedly forging a grant on behalf of her school and stealing more than $30,000, authorities announced. The New York State Inspector General’s Office announced that Ulster County resident Cynthia Marcello, age 55, of Hurley, a former SUNY Sullivan professor, was charged with a felony count of forgery for allegedly stealing $32,400 through a phony grant she submitted. Inspector General Lucy Lang said that Marcello, a computer science professor at the university for 12 years before her resignation in 2020, found that she allegedly falsely completed and signed a grant application on behalf of the college, without permission or authorization, with $32,400 coming directly to her instead of the school. The purported federal grant was applied for by the Liberty Central School District in Sullivan College in conjunction with Sullivan BOCES that would have allowed the schools to partner and afford teachers new opportunities for professional learning opportunities. Officials said that the grant was supposed to go through SUNY Sullivan and then be paid to Marcello, who would then...
    WALDORF, Md. (WJZ) – A Waldorf couple is among five defendants arrested last week and charged federally for allegedly conspiring to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone and oxymorphone, according to a statement from the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office. According to the complaint, the following people were arrested last week: READ MORE: Worker Hurt In Fall From Ocean City Building Saturday Monica Raynette Clark, 31, of Waldorf; Michael Tyrone Scott III, 28, of Waldorf; Lisa Ann Lewis, 41, of Smithsburg; Mildred Taylor, 67, of Stephenson, W. Va,; and Jason James Johnson, 41, of Kermit, W. Va. The sixth defendant, Larry Nathaniel Waller, 48, of Williamson, W. Va., is in West Virginia state custody on pending charges, according to the statement. Clark was the office manager of Memorial Care in Woodbridge, Va., and before that, at the Washington D.C. Spine Center, which closed in August 2019. According to the statement, she was neither a doctor, nor did she have a Drug Enforcement Administration number, and since she was not authorized to prescribe controlled substances, she allegedly forged prescriptions for opioids...
    BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A 21-year-old man is charged with manslaughter and other offenses after allegedly running down a man carrying groceries while his family watched in horror in Brooklyn last summer.Jose Barrera was unloading bags from his vehicle outside his Borough Park home just before 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, when he was pinned by a car driven by Kareem Denton, who had lost control while allegedly speeding in a sports car with worn out tires and a forged inspection sticker.Barrera had just walked his 6-year-old daughter from the minivan to the curb seconds before the collision. His wife, who was still in the passenger seat, suffered minor injuries."This horrific crash was no accident," Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. "It was a preventable crime that stemmed from reckless behavior before and during the collision. The defendant chose to drive a car he knew was not safe, allegedly sped on wet road conditions and took the life of a hard-working father."TOP NEWS | Boy killed, 2nd child critical after being struck by van in BrooklynAccording to the...
    Four city correction officers were among five defendants indicted Tuesday for alleged using forged disability parking placards, prosecutors announced. One of the correction officers, Nakia Gales, 44, of Manhattan, is accused of selling the phony placards to her colleagues for up to $280 apiece. “Members of our community with severe disabilities need these placards to enable them to park near their place of work, doctor’s office and other essential places so they can go about their lives more easily,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement announcing the charges. “The defendants—four of them Correction Officers—allegedly corrupted the placard program for their own convenience,” Clark said. Gales, the other three corrections officers — Judy Guity, 46, Rasma Caines, 43 and Shyiera Daniels, 29 — along with 60-year-old Craig Scott, are facing criminal possession of a forged instrument charges. The four corrections officers were arraigned Tuesday and released on their own recognizance. Prosecutors said the illegal placards were seen in cars belonging to all five defendants. Gales ran into trouble with the law in September 2015 when she and...
    Two individuals have been charged with multiple counts of voter fraud after allegedly submitting fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. NBC 4 reports: Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, 53, and Marcos Raul Arevalo, 34, were charged in a 41-count criminal complaint filed last week. The pair faces one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, eight counts of voter fraud, four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument and four misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Montenegro is also facing an additional 10 counts of voter fraud, seven counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, two counts of perjury and five misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit. Montenegro submitted over 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications between July and October of this year, according to the district attorney’s office. Additionally, Montenegro allegedly falsified, “names, addresses and signatures on nomination papers under penalty of perjury...
    A Long Island man is facing charges for allegedly using a former doctor’s prescription pad to obtain more than 13,000 opioid pills, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Valley Stream resident James Cosentino, 27, was arrested and arraigned on Friday, Nov. 13 on charges alleging that he illegally used the prescription pad to obtain thousands of oxycodone and morphine pills over a nine-month stretch. Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said that Cosentino allegedly acquired a prescription pad from a former doctor. From December last year through September, Cosentino allegedly went to a Nassau County-based pharmacy in person on multiple occasions and presented forged prescriptions for oxycodone and morphine in various amounts and doses. Singas noted that the prescriptions were for Cosentino himself and that on at least one occasion, he allegedly placed a call to the same pharmacy alleging to be his former doctor. In total, Cosentino received 11,580 oxycodone pills and 2,820 morphine pills during the nine-months. “This is a great example of medical practitioners helping law enforcement stop the diversion of prescription pain medication,” DEA Special Agent-in-Charge...
    Police arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly driving a vehicle with a fake license plate in Northern Westchester. Ivan Mejia, of Shrub Oak, was arrested on Sunday, Oct. 25, after a Yorktown Police officer was dispatched to a report of a possible stolen vehicle traveling northbound on the Taconic Parkway, said the Yorktown Police. The officer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the area of Route 132, police said. During an investigation, it was determined that Mejia had allegedly placed a forged New Jersey temporary tag on the vehicle. He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and released on his own recognizance. 
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