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Police: Hempstead man accused of stealing $12G from friend

Rafael Castillo, 46, of Hempstead, was arrested on

Rafael Castillo, 46, of Hempstead, was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, and charged with grand larceny, police said. Credit: NCPD

A Hempstead man was arrested Tuesday, charged with grand larceny, after he stole more than $12,000 from a friend who'd asked him to cash his workers' compensation settlement check, police said.

Rafael Castillo, 46, of 60 Hendrickson Ave., was arrested at his home at 8:30 p.m. and charged with third-degree grand larceny, according to Nassau County police. He faces arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said a 36-year-old man, described as "a friend" of Castillo, had asked Castillo to cash the settlement check from his workers' compensation claim. Castillo deposited that check, worth $12,030.63, into his own account in September 2013 -- but never reimbursed the victim, police said.

Instead, between Oct. 7, 2014, and Oct. 25, 2014, police said Castillo made ATM, over-the-counter and point-of-sale withdrawals from the account -- until he'd used all the money.

Police did not name the bank where Castillo had deposited the check and did not name the victim. It was not clear how Castillo used the stolen funds.

The arrest came after an investigation by Crimes Against Property Squad detectives.

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