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Suffern Funeral Home Director Pleads Guilty to Multiple Charges, Will Pay Restitution & Jail Time

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SUFFERN, NY – SUFFERN FUNERAL HOME DIRECTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO MULTIPLE CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH DEFRAUDING CUSTOMERS – Funds Set Aside for Victims

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the plea of guilty by Scarr Funeral Home owner Leonard Scarr to two counts of grand larceny in the third degree, forgery in the second degree, and scheme to defraud. A thorough investigation by the Ramapo Police Department and the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office identified 90 victims with an aggregate loss of $531,017.

Leonard Scarr, 54, of Upper Saddle River, NJ, appeared before Hon. Larry J Schwartz on July 27, 2021 to enter his plea of guilty. In doing so, Scarr admitted to stealing in excess of $3,000 from two victims. Specifically, for the first victim, after contracting with him to set up a prepaid burial account, Scarr deposited the victim’s money into an interest bearing account. Regarding this account, Scarr could only access the account’s funds upon the death of the victim account holder. In order to obtain the funds, Scarr instead forged a death certificate in the victim’s name, presented the forged death certificate to representatives of the bank where the burial escrow account was held, withdrew the funds from the account, and used them for various personal expenses without any permission or authority. At the time of the withdrawal and as of today, the account holder was still alive.

Last fall, in an effort to ensure that all the victims will be fully reimbursed, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, as Plaintiff-Claiming Authority, filed a civil forfeiture action in the Rockland County Supreme Court seeking forfeiture from Leonard Scarr’s property and proceeds from the sale of the Scarr Funeral Home.

In exchange for Scarr’s pleas of guilty, Judge Schwartz promised to sentence Scarr to an indeterminate term of two to six years in state prison with full restitution in the amount of $531,071.37, as recommended by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office.

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Breaking: Haverstraw Police Make Arrest in Fatal Hit & Run

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HAVERSTRAW, NY – The Haverstraw Police Department has announced the arrest of Sugundo Landi-Lucer (pictured), 43-years-old of Queens, New York in connection with the fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in the early the morning of November 23, 2021 on Route 9W in the Village of Haverstraw.

The victim has been identified by family members as beloved longtime resident 82-Year-Old Juan Alberto Germosen
Reporting below via Ramon Soto of El Sol Newspaper. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Juan Alberto Germosen. 🙏

 

Sugundo Landi-Lucer will be arraigned today on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide and Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in a death.

 

Press Release from the Town of Haverstraw Police Department 

 

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Village of Spring Valley Employees Indicted on Felony Charges

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SPRING VALLEY EMPLOYEES INDICTED ON FELONY CHARGES

Indictments Are Part of the Evergreen Fire Investigation

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the indictments of two Village of Spring Valley building department employees. A Rockland County Grand Jury handed the indictments as a result of the continuing investigation into the fatal fire that occurred in March at the Evergreen Adult Home in Spring Valley.

Defendant Raymond Canario, 45, was indicted on 3 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 3 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, and 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.

Defendant Wayne Ballard, 64, was indicted on 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, and 1 count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said,” These indictments are a result of the continuing investigation into the fatal fire that claimed the lives of a volunteer firefighter and a resident of the Evergreen home. My office continues to work hard, following through on our commitment to leave no stone unturned in this tragic incident.”

Arraignment dates have not yet been provided for either Defendant.

The case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Dugandzic and Supervising
Assistant District Attorney Ryan Sweeney.

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