Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced today that a West Hempstead attorney was arrested this morning for stealing more than $5.7 million from clients between September 2012 and February 2014.
Police are searching for a man they say robbed a Mandee clothing store at 1976 Hempstead Turnpike in the East Meadow Plaza at gunpoint last Monday, and then tied up two employees and two customers before fleeing.
After meeting with several inmates during his historic visit to a federal prison in July, President Obama remarked, “What is normal is young people make mistakes,” and added that the only difference between the inmates and most Americans is the resources and social support structures available to those who aren’t in prison.
A couple living in Queens were arrested last week for operating a counterfeit DVD ring out of their Flushing apartment, while also selling pirated movies in locations throughout Nassau County, including East Meadow, according to Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Xing Ming Wang and Xiao Yu Zheng, both 48, were arrested on Sept. 11 by District Attorney’s office investigators and charged with three felonies.
They were arraigned by Nassau District Court Judge James Darcy, who set bail for $1,500 bond or $750 cash. If convicted of the top charge against them, the couple faces a maximum sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. They are due back in court on Sept. 15.
Singas said her office was notified in April by a diner owner that Zheng came to the restaurant every Thursday to sell DVDs. Working in conjunction with an investigator from the Motion Picture Association of America, she said they determined that the DVDs were counterfeit goods.
According to investigators, Zheng went from table to table selling the DVDs, while her husband, Wang, waited in the car. Investigators purchased DVDs from Zheng in April, June and July, Singas said, and also observed the couple leaving their home with multiple bags of counterfeit DVDs. The couple was allegedly observed selling DVDs at nail salons, diners, car washes, optometry offices and other locations, often in East Meadow.
Detective investigators seized more than 1,500 DVDs from their home when the couple was arrested, according to Singas.
Wang was represented at his arraignment by attorney Douglas Appel, but Appel told the Herald on Tuesday he is no longer Wang’s attorney on the case. Zheng is represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.
Wang and Zheng were charged with felonies of first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree failure to disclose the origin of a recording, and second-degree trademark counterfeiting.
The Nassau County Police Department, in conjunction with the Hempstead Police Department, made more than a dozen arrests in the early morning of Friday, Sept. 4 in a sting to track down bartenders that police said knowingly served alcohol to an undercover agent under 21 years old.
Former Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg began serving a three-month sentence at Fort Dix, a minimum-security prison in Burlington County, N.J., on Aug. 24, according to his attorney, Jason Russo, of Bay Shore.