A Baldwin man whose driver’s side window was shattered by police during a July traffic stop after he refused to show his license was charged with insurance fraud Wednesday for falsely claiming $6,000 in damage was the result of criminal mischief, Nassau police said.
Wilson Castro Jr., 31, of Colony Drive is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on third-degree grand larceny, third-degree insurance fraud and first-degree falsifying business records in First District Court in Hempstead. He surrendered to police at headquarters in Mineola at about 12:45 p.m.
His attorney could not be reached for comment.
The charges come over two months after First Precinct officers stopped Castro on July 27 as he drove through Hempstead and declined to roll down his window so they could inspect his driver’s license and insurance card, police said.
Officers smashed the driver’s side window to arrest Castro and impound his vehicle, a 2015 Subaru. It was unclear why officers had stopped Castro.
Castro claimed the vehicle from police custody on Aug. 4, police said, and submitted it to Willis Avenue Collision at 933 Willis Ave. in Albertson. He filed a claim with GEICO Insurance stating the damage was caused by a stranger who committed criminal mischief and larceny while the vehicle was in Astoria, police said.
Castro received $6,000 in insurance money through the bogus claim, police said.