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GLEN COVE / Ex-fire dispatcher sentenced for $196G fraud

Retired fire dispatcher George William Gray, who served the Glen Cove Fire Department for 44 years, was sentenced Friday to 1 to 3 years in jail for stealing more than $196,000 from the department's general fund, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.

Gray, 68, now of Hendersonville, N.C., retired in March 2009 after working for Glen Cove for 34 years as the fire dispatcher. Rice said that between May 10, 2003 and March 6, 2009, Gray forged the signature of the department treasurer on more than 100 checks for model railroad equipment, high-priced cigars and gambling debts. He was arrested Sept. 28. Mayor Ralph Suozzi called Gray's actions a breach of trust.

"The years of deceiving and stealing from the Glen Cove Fire Department caught up with this defendant, and he will now pay the price," Rice said. "Gray not only preyed on the generosity of Glen Cove residents who donated to the fire department, but he betrayed the trust of his colleagues."

After his arrest, Gray was charged with second-degree grand larceny and 104 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged incident, in addition to other charges. He had been free on $50,000 bond, or $10,000 cash bail.

-- JOHN VALENTI

NASSAU COUNTY / Cops: Parkway chase leads to stolen vehicle

An attempted traffic stop on suspicion of a routine violation turned into a pursuit on the Southern State Parkway, with the driver charged with possession of a stolen car, State Police said Friday.

Police said a trooper tried to stop a Nissan Maxima on the eastbound Southern State near Exit 27, Wantagh State Parkway, just before 4 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of an unsafe lane change. But driver Lamar Campbell, 18, of Brooklyn, instead led the trooper on a pursuit onto the Wantagh Parkway, police said.

Police said Campbell crashed into a car as he got off the parkway. No one was injured, police said. Campbell and his two passengers were arrested. Campbell was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, among other charges. Police said charges on the passengers are pending.

-- JOHN VALENTI

WYANDANCH / Bookkeeper gets 3 to 9 years for $664G theft

A Patchogue bookkeeper was sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison for stealing more than $664,000 from her employer by faking her husband's employment, the Suffolk district attorney's office said.

Between March 2009 and last April, Christine Belmont, 47, put her husband, Michael Belmont, on the payroll of Combined Container of Wyandanch, prosecutors said.

Michael Belmont has since died.

Suffolk County Court Judge James Hudson sentenced her and ordered her to provide restitution to the company, the district attorney's office said.

-- ANDREW SMITH

WESTHAMPTON BEACH / Ex-legislator Guldi wins delay in sentencing

Former Suffolk legislator George Guldi won a brief reprieve Friday from getting sentenced on his grand larceny conviction.

Guldi, of Westhampton Beach, faces 5 to 15 years in prison for the grand larceny conviction and 2 1 / 3 to 7 years for his conviction of insurance fraud. A jury found him guilty last month. On Friday, he had a new legal adviser, Leonard Lato of Central Islip, who argued that Guldi had not had a full day to review a presentence report, as legally required.

Judge James F.X. Doyle delayed sentencing until Monday.

-- ANDREW SMITH

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