MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Suffolk man has been charged with four felonies, including identity theft and larceny charges, after taking over the bank account of a deceased man who lived in a residential complex for developmentally disabled adults.
Jerry Cummings, aka Andrew Cummings, operator of Hempstead, N.Y.-based Sunshine Vacations and Celebrity Travel, was arrested for allegedly defrauding at least 40 clients of Magic Carpet Travel of Tecumseh, Ontario, according to Diane Peress, bureau chief of economic crimes of the Nassau County, N.Y., District Attorneys office.
An accused thief was shocked to learn the eels he was carting in a U-Haul were stolen, his lawyer said Tuesday.
“He’s vehemently telling me he’s innocent,” Justin Heiferman, who reps Wei Da Li, said at the man’s arraignment late Tuesday in Brooklyn Criminal Court. “He does not know anything was stolen.”
Investigators of the Nassau County District Attorneys office arrested Jerry Cummings, aka Andrew Cummings, operator of Hempstead, N.Y.-based Sunshine Vacations and Celebrity Travel, on grand larceny in the third and fourth degrees and scheme to defraud, according to a statement from Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.