International phone “bail” scam snares Greenport senior

GREENPORT–Greenport Police are investigating a scam that netted the suspects with over $11,000. An elderly Joslen Boulevard resident was contacted by fake Canadian police reporting they had the resident’s granddaughter in custody and the woman should send money for bail.

The caller even had someone get on the phone and pretend she was the granddaughter. The victim then went to Walmart and sent a MoneyGram.

 

The agencies investigating these crimes are finding that the money is sent to Canada and then re-routed to Indonesia, where it becomes untraceable.

The scam has been ongoing throughout the United States and targets senior citizens. Anyone with questions about these types of calls is urged to call the local police to determine if the call is legitimate. Many of these crimes go unreported when people figure out they were scammed, because they are embarrassed. Police say it is unlikely any police agency would call for bail money.

Drugs/alcohol

The following face drug and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Christine Parks, 33, of Stuyvesant was charged under the Public Health Law for unlawfully growing cannabis by State Police at Kinderhook, September 5. Police were called to dispute in Stuyvesant. While at the residence, troopers saw numerous marijuana plants growing in the bedroom. Ms. Parks was released with a ticket returnable in Stuyvesant Court.

*Randy Murphy, 33, of Chatham was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% by Deputies Brendan Filli and Jason Garvey during a traffic stop on County Route 21 in Ghent, September 15 at 12:42 a.m. Mr. Murphy was turned over to a third party and issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in Ghent Town Court.

*Robert Beebe, 24, of Hillsdale was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and second degree aggravated unlicensed operation and other vehicle and traffic law offenses by State Police at Livingston during a traffic stop on State Route 23B, Greenport, September 13. Mr. Beebe was released on tickets returnable in Greenport Court.

*Miguel De La Cruz-Cesareo, 19, of Hudson was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years), first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, all class E felonies, and the traffic infraction of illegal window tint by Deputies Jason Garvey and Ian Boehme, September 18 at 2:26 a.m. Deputies investigated a 911 call about erratic operation of a motor vehicle. They found Mr. De La Cruz-Cesareo on Columbia Street in Hudson. He was arraigned in Hudson City Court before City Judge Richard Koweek and sent to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond.

*Tracee Messenger, 31, of Germantown was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, failure to keep right, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and failure to produce insurance certification by Deputies Thomas Bagnall and Travis VanAlstyne, September 18 at 9:15 p.m. Ms. Messenger allegedly struck two parked cars on Maple Avenue north of the Main Street intersection in Germantown, when she reportedly took her eyes off the roadway, attempted to pick up her cellular telephone and went off the road. She was released to a third party with traffic tickets. She will answer these charges in Germantown Court.

*Kevin Murphy, 38, of Catskill was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston September 22. Mr. Murphy was pulled over after failing to signal a turn onto State Route 23B in Hudson. He was released on tickets returnable in Hudson Court.

*Colleen Unden, 31, of Copake Falls was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law by State Police at Livingston, September 21. Ms. Unden was charged after being stopped on Farm Road, Copake for operating her vehicle without insurance. She was found to be intoxicated and to have children in the vehicle. She was released on tickets returnable in Copake Court.

*Louis W. Mellan, Sr., 32, of Hillsdale was charged with speeding, aggravated driving while intoxicated and felony DWI by State Police at Livingston, September 24 at 1:45 a.m. Mr. Mellan was stopped for speeding (50 mph in a 30 mph zone) on State Route 23. Upon interviewing him, police detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. He could not perform field sobriety tests. A breath test was administered which resulted in a .22% blood alcohol content. He was issued tickets returnable in Hillsdale Court.

* Andrew Schomaker, 19, of Niverville was charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21 and unlawful possession of marijuana by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi, the afternoon of September 28. The trooper pulled Mr. Schomaker over for having an expired inspection sticker on Broad Street in Kinderhook. The trooper discovered that Mr. Schomaker had a pill bottle and plastic bag, both containing marijuana, three used marijuana pipes and opened bottles of rum and vodka. He was issued tickets to appear in Kinderhook Village Court.

*Ernesto Rios, 21, of Port Chester was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs by State Police at Livingston, October 2 at 7:25 p.m. Troopers pulled Mr. Rios over on the Taconic State Parkway in Ghent for tinted windows. The driver was found to be under the influence of drugs. He was issued tickets returnable in Ghent Court.

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