Cops: Hempstead man arrested in loan scam
A Hempstead man posing as a business accountant took $900 from a college student after tricking her into giving him her bank information, Nassau police said, but then was arrested Monday when he came back for more money.
Shawn Terrel Boone, 24, had approached the student, 18, on Sept. 11 on the campus of Nassau Community College in Garden City and told her she was eligible for a $10,000 student loan, police said. He told her she did not have to repay it, but that he needed her bank card and PIN to process the loan, police said.
A few days later, the bank notified the student that someone faked a deposit and fraudulently withdrew more than $900 from her account, police said.
On Friday, Boone called the student and told her that "his people would be making a visit to her home for more money," police said in a news release. "This put the victim in fear for her safety."
Boone was arrested when officers showed up at the student's Oyster Bay home Monday about 12:20 p.m., police said.
Officers also found another a credit card that belongs to a 31-year-old Hempstead man in Boone's possession, police said.
Boone, of 125 Milburn Ave., was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree aggravated harassment. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.