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Crimes Nearby: West Babylon Package Thief Arrested

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Crimes Nearby: West Babylon Package Thief Arrested

Babylon Man Tied to $10 Million Investor Fraud Scheme

A Babylon man has pled guilty to planning to commit fraud and bribery in a $10 million investor fraud scheme in Connecticut.

David Fein, United States District Attorney for Connecticut, announced three executives of Oxford Collection Agency, Inc. pled guilty in a Bridgeport federal court to charges stemming from the scheme. The company was a private financial services company involved in debt collection for, among others, an educational institution, laboratory, computer company and bands, with offices in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Charles Harris, 38, of Babylon, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank bribery. Harris had previously held positions as treasurer and vice president of the company. Another man, Carlos Novelli of Vero Beach, FL, also pled guilty to the same charge.

Former Vice President of Finance and CFO Randall Silver, 43, of New Hyde Park, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering, and one count of wire fraud.

Police: West Babylon Package Thief Arrested

The Suffolk County Police Department arrested a man on Tuesday for allegedly stealing packages delivered to the doorsteps of a West Babylon home.

Police said suspect Christopher Breitkopf, 38, a homeless man, walked up the front steps of a West Babylon home at 4:45 p.m. and removed two packages containing over $200 worth of music equipment that had been delivered and left on the doorstep.

March Court Date Set for Sayville Man in Alleged DWI Incident

A Sayville man who allegedly drove his car onto a Long Island golf course drunk and reportedly caused over $10,000 in damages and recklessly endangered the life of a man sitting on a golf car is scheduled to be back in Nassau First District Court on March 18, 2012.

Chris Meier was arrested on July 10 at the Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset for allegedly driving drunk and striking at least two unoccupied golf carts while driving a 1995 Ford Taurus and causing extensive property damage before getting stuck in a sand trap, according to police. He reportedly tried to run from the scene but was detained by club staff, said police.

Ex Nassau Cop From Holbrook Indicted in Affair Case

Holbrook resident and former Nassau County Police officer Michael Tedesco, based in the Seventh Precinct, was hit with a 109-count indictment Friday for allegedly conducting affairs at the homes of two girlfriends when he was supposed to be on duty.

Tedesco, 44, was charged with 80 counts of official misconduct, a misdemeanor, as well as 25 counts of falsifying business records and four counts of tampering with public records, both felonies.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

According to prosecutors, in July 2011 Tedesco, who quit the police force after word of the scandal leaked, "fabricated a noise complaint at a woman’s home as a pretext to meet her," and an "intimate relationship ensued."

The cop also spent "considerable on-duty time," at the home of another woman, with whom he also had an intimate relationship, prosecutors said.

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