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Finance officer for Westbury dealership took $25,000 to pay off car loan, say cops

Lee M. Shapiro, 54, of South Carolina, was

Lee M. Shapiro, 54, of South Carolina, was extradited back to Nassau County on Thursday, June 11, 2015, to face charges of grand larceny and petty larceny. Shapiro, who used to work for Advantage Nissan in Westbury, is accused of stealing a $25,000 car payment that was meant to be paid to a loan company, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A South Carolina man who used to work at a Westbury car dealership has been arrested three years after Nassau police said he stole a $25,000 car payment that was meant to be paid to a loan company.

Police said Lee M. Shapiro, 54, was working as a finance officer for Advantage Nissan in Westbury on April 28, 2012, when a customer came to the dealership to pay off a car loan with cash. Shapiro took the $25,000 and gave the victim a signed receipt, but never forwarded the money to the loan company, police said. He then left the dealership and never returned.

After an investigation, detectives found Shapiro in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A warrant was issued and Shapiro was extradited back to Nassau County on Thursday, where he was arrested, police said.

Shapiro, of 938 Marshfield Circle in Myrtle Beach, is charged with third-degree grand larceny and petty larceny. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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