Nassau County police are investigating whether a Pennsylvania man conned other victims through senior scams following his arrest in a Levittown case.
Authorities arrested Henri Daniel Jr., 25, of Allentown, on Friday after he scammed an 86-year-old man out of $8,700, police said.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said at a Mineola news conference Saturday that seniors should be wary of scams and call police if they were asked to send money for a loved one in trouble.
“We have to remind our seniors in Nassau County to be on the lookout. If you get a call about some cataclysmic event, confirm it,” Curran said. “Reach out to the police, call 911, call a relative, do not fall for these scammers who are looking to prey on our elderly, our most vulnerable and most valuable citizens.”
Daniel Jr. contacted the elderly victim in Florida on Wednesday, saying a relative on Long Island had been in a motor vehicle crash and needed $8,700 for legal fees, Nassau County Chief of Detectives Neil Delargy said.
After the victim sent the money, Daniel contacted him on Thursday for an additional $8,000, but police arrested him when he picked up the package the next day in Levittown, authorities said.
Police have not determined if the victim’s money was fully recovered. Detectives did not say how the victim was chosen.
Authorities are investigating if additional victims may have been targeted by Daniel Jr. He has no known criminal record in New York.
“There are sophisticated criminals contacting people who are vulnerable,” Delargy said.
Daniel Jr. was charged Saturday with third-degree grand larceny, fifth-degree conspiracy, second-degree coercion, fourth-degree grand larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property.
He pleaded not guilty Saturday morning in First District Court in Hempstead and was held on bail of $50,000. His next court date is Wednesday.
Detectives in the burglary pattern team ask anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Daniel Jr. to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.
The arrest comes less than two months after Nassau County police arrested a Bronx man in an unrelated case, caught on a doorbell security camera attempting to scam an Oceanside woman out of $45,000, by claiming her son was arrested after a car crash.
Police are investigating if Frederick Espinal is connected to another case where residents in four other neighboring communities were bilked out of $65,000.
With Ellen Yan