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HAUPPAUGE/Deer Park man sentenced in two home invasions

A Deer Park man was sentenced Wednesday in Riverhead to 19 years in prison for a pair of home invasions last year in Hauppauge.

Anderson Jacob, 35, had pleaded guilty last month before County Court Judge Gary Weber to burglary, assault and robbery charges for breaking into homes on Gloria Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard on Sept. 30.

At the Gloria Boulevard home, Jacob, wearing a mask and armed with a knife, wrestled with a female homeowner and threatened to hurt her son, the district attorney's office said. The woman and her son escaped, locked themselves inside a bedroom and called for help.

Jacob then went to a house on Lincoln Boulevard, where a homeowner subdued Jacob until police arrived, the district attorney's office said.

- CARL MACGOWAN


YAPHANK/Businessman convicted in $3M Ponzi scheme

The owner of a Yaphank cleaning business was convicted Wednesday in Riverhead of running a Ponzi scheme that stole more than $3 million from his friends and neighbors.

Steven Diaz, 46, of Mount Sinai, promised victims returns of 10 percent to 20 percent on investments, then attempted to pay back the victims by using investment money paid by other victims, Assistant District Attorney Raphael Pearl said Wednesday.

Following a bench trial in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, Diaz was convicted by Judge Gary Weber of scheme to defraud, third-degree grand larceny and two counts of second-degree grand larceny.

His attorney, Craig McElwee of North Babylon, said the verdict would be appealed and said Diaz intends to repay his victims.

- CARL MACGOWAN

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