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Cops: Queens man promised jobs, scammed commuters out of cash

Dominick Stewart, 25, of Queens, was arrested on

Dominick Stewart, 25, of Queens, was arrested on Monday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2014, in Hempstead and charged with possession of a forged instrument, petty larceny and false personation after an investigation by Hempstead Village police, Nassau Third Squad and Crimes Against Property Squad detectives, police said. Credit: NCPD

A Queens man was arrested Monday and charged with defrauding commuters he met at the Hempstead bus terminal while posing as a bank employee, police said.

Nassau County police said Dominick Stewart, 25, of 170-30 130th Ave., was arrested in Hempstead at 2:47 p.m. after an investigation by Hempstead Village police, Nassau Third Squad and Crimes Against Property Squad detectives.

He was charged with three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, three counts of petty larceny and one count of false personation.

At his arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead, Stewart was ordered held on $1,000 bond or cash bail. He is scheduled to return to court Thursday.

Police said Stewart, posing as an employee of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, met commuters at the terminal and promised them employment at the bank -- if they could pass the application process.

As part of that process, police said Stewart told his victims they would have to deposit checks he gave them into their personal bank accounts, then withdraw undisclosed amounts -- and give that cash to Stewart. The victims were later notified by their banks that the checks were returned because of insufficient funds, police said. It was not clear how much money was involved.

Police are asking that anyone who may have been a victim of the scheme to call investigators at the Crimes Against Property Squad at 516-573-5275. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.

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