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Queens man took cash, jewelry in lottery ticket scam, cops say

A Queens man was accused Thursday of cheating two women out of cash and jewelry in a lottery ticket scam, police said.

Hernaldo Saldarriaga-Lopez, 61, of 51st Avenue in Corona, was arrested Thursday in Elmhurst, Nassau County police said.

Saldarriaga-Lopez and an accomplice still on the run tricked the women on separate occasions, claiming they would share prize money if the women provided cash or jewelry until the winning ticket was turned in, police said in a news release.

On July 1, Saldarriaga-Lopez saw one victim, a 41-year-old woman walking on Prospect Avenue in New Cassel, police said.

Five days later, he saw a 29-year-old woman walking on Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream. Both victims were driven to a location and asked to get out and pick up the ticket, police said.

When they left the vehicle, Saldarriaga-Lopez drove away with their belongings, police said.

The investigation, a collaborative effort between Nassau County police and the NYPD, led to the arrest of Saldarriaga-Lopez on Grand Avenue and Seabury Street.

During the arrest, authorities said they found two pills believed to be the anxiety drug Alprazolam, a forged Social Security card and a forged driver’s license from Puerto Rico.

Saldarriaga-Lopez is charged with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of possession of a forged instrument, two counts of scheme to defraud and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He will be arraigned Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Anyone who thinks he or she may have been a victim is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.

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