2013 Press Releases
Dec 31, 2013
Homeless Man Indicted in Christmas Eve Abduction, Rape and Murder of Spring Valley Woman
Defendant Faces Up To 25 Years To Life In Prison If Convicted
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that a six-count indictment has been handed up against Juan Perez-Coira no known address, of Spring Valley, New York charging him with three counts of Murder in the Second Degree, class "A" Felonies,
Dec 20, 2013
Spring Valley Mother Arragined on Murder Indictment in Death of Infant Son
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman of 41 North Myrtle Avenue, Spring Valley, New York was arraigned on an indictment charging her with one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class "A-1" Felony.
Dec 11, 2013
Former Pearl River Man Convicted of Possessing Child Pornography
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Ashley Quiroa of Waldwick, New Jersey (formerly of 46 Pascack Road, Pearl River, New York) was convicted after a jury trial of two counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, class "E" Felonies for possessing pornographic videos of children as young as seven depicted in a sexual manner or performing sexual...
Nov 25, 2013
Ramapo Man Convicted in Horrific Domestic Abuse Case
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Vikas Jagota of 28 Butternut Drive, New City, New York was convicted after a jury trial of all seven counts in the indictment charging him with:
Nov 20, 2013
Clarkstown Woman Charged in Public Benefits Fraud
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Maryann C. Cusie of 3 Amsterdam Road, New City, New York has been arrested and arraigned on three counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, class "D" Felonies.
Nov 18, 2013
22 Individuals Charges in Major Drug Sweep Following Undercover Eavesdropping Investigation
"Operation Say No More" Identified Two Brothers As Large-Scale Suppliers Of Crack And Powered Cocaine In New York And New Jersey
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced the indictment of 22 individuals on drug-related charges following a six-month undercover investigation targeting a robust network of narcotics dealers distributing crack...
Nov 07, 2013
Indictment Unsealed in Fatal July 26th Hudson River Boat Crash
Defendant Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison If Convicted
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that following a protracted and comprehensive investigation, an 18-count indictment has been handed up against Jojo K. John of 37G Gail Drive, Nyack, New York charging him with:
Oct 24, 2013
Unlicensed Nanuet Contractor Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Michael Kubasek of 7 Village Green, Bardonia, New York pled guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class "E" Felony. Kubasek, an unlicensed home improvement contractor doing business as V & J Mechanical, stole more than $40,000 from a Nanuet couple with whom he had contracted to perform renovations.
Oct 21, 2013
Six-Month Undercover Investigation Results in Drug Charges Against Fourteen Alleged Drug Dealers, Users
"Operation Higher Ground" Targeted Local Barber Shop, Which Served As Front For Family-Run Cocaine Distribution Ring With Ties To Puerto Rico
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that fourteen individuals have been arrested on drug charges following a six-month probe into a family-organized cocaine distribution ring based in the Town of...
Oct 15, 2013
Successful Amnesty Effort for STAR Program Violators Achieves Taxpayer Savings
Rockland County Effort Becomes Catalyst For Change At State Level
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced the results of a sweeping crackdown on STAR program violators and the unique amnesty initiative designed to help offenders avoid criminal charges.
Oct 02, 2013
Haverstraw Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder in Brutal Attack on Neighbor
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that William Lewis of 47 New Main Street, Haverstraw, New York was convicted after a jury trial of all counts in the indictment charging him with one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class "B" Violent Felony and one count of Assault in the First Degree, a class "B" Violent Felony for the savage December, 2012...
Oct 01, 2013
26 Food Stamp Recipients Charged in $55,000 Theft From SNAP
Crackdown On Recipients Follows Arrests Of Nyack Store Owners, Clerks For 100K Food Stamp Fraud Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe, joined by Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and Susan Sherwood, Commissioner of Social Services, today announced the filing of criminal charges against 26 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly...
Sep 19, 2013
Fifteen Years in State Prison for Violent Ex-Con Following Felony Drug Conviction
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Genghis Khan of 1008 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, New York was sentenced to a determinate term of fifteen years in state prison following a jury trial that found him guilty of one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class "A-II" Felony and one count of Unlawful Possession of...
Sep 18, 2013
Ramapo Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in Savage Beating of Estranged Girlfriend
Defendant To Be Sentenced To 18 Years To Life In Prison. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Riad Dib of 171 Grandview Avenue, Wesley Hills, New York pled guilty to the sole count of the indictment charging him with one count  and Murder in the Second Degree, a class "A" Felony relating to brutal killing of his estranged girlfriend.
Sep 16, 2013
Former Rockland County School Administrator Faces Additonal Grand Larceny Charges in Schemes to Falsify Teacher Certifiations, Boost Salaries
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced additional criminal charges against a former Ramapo Central School District administrator for allegedly falsifying teaching certifications and providing phony documentation in a long running scheme to boost the salaries of dozens of teachers. Brian Miele of 462 Kossuth Street, Paramus, New Jersey is charged with:
Sep 03, 2013
Former Rockland County Drug Counselor Pleads Guilty to Receiving Bribes
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Hulen Ginn of 11 Bee Street, Valley Stream, New York has pled guilty to Five counts of Bribe Receiving in the Third Degree, class "D" Felonies.
Aug 19, 2013
Twelve Years to Life in State Prison for Serial Burglar, Repeat Violent Felon
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Alejandro Cruz of 3720 Amboy Road, Staten Island, New York was sentenced to twelve years to life in state prison on his May 2013 guilty plea to one count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class "D" Violent Felony.
Aug 01, 2013
Bronx Women Convicted in Palisades Center Larceny
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Christine Peart of 1760 Bruckner Boulevard, Apartment 12D, Bronx, New York and Atika Baptiste of 1970 East Tremont Avenue, Apartment 86, Bronx, New York were convicted after a bench trial of One count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class "B" Felony and One count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the...
Jul 29, 2013
Statement by District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe regarding the Fatal July 26th Hudson River Boat Accident
The Rockland County District Attorney's Office is working closely with the Rockland County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies to determine the circumstances that injured four individuals and led to the deaths of Lindsey Stewart and Mark Lennon on the Hudson River, south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, late Friday.
Jul 26, 2013
Spring Valley Woman Charged in $17,000 Food Stamp Fraud Scheme
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Betty Bourguignon of 15 West Funston Avenue, #212, Spring Valley, New York has been arrested and arraigned on one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class "D" Felony.
Jul 22, 2013
Town of Haverstraw Political Candidate Arrested in Alleged Shakedown of Political Opponent
County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Barry D. Berman of 19 Turner Drive, Garnerville, New York was arraigned on a four-count complaint charging him with Coercion in the First Degree, a class "D" Felony; Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree a class "E" Felony; Violation of Election Law Section 17-142 (5) Giving Consideration for Franchise, a Felony and Violation of...
Jul 22, 2013
Spring Valley Man Sentenced to State Prison in Knifepoint Robbery
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Andrew Baxter of 37 Memorial Park Drive, Spring Valley, New York has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison and five years post release supervision after being convicted following a jury trial of one count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony and ten years in state prison and five years post release...
Jul 16, 2013
Homeless Man Convicted of Assault on Security Guard
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Paul Rizzo address unknown, was convicted after a jury trial of one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class "D" Violent Felony and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class "D" Felony relating to an assault on a supermarket security guard.
Jul 11, 2013
21 Charged in Countywide Crackdown on Street-Level Drug Sales
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced the filing of criminal charges against 21 alleged drug peddlers for dealing illegal narcotics to undercover police detectives during ongoing anti-drug initiatives across Rockland County.
Jul 02, 2013
Nyack Man Sentenced to State Prison for Sex, Drug Crimes, Welfare Fraud
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Jashaad Gulifield of 11 Highview Court, Nyack, New York was sentenced to an indeterminate term in state prison of three to six years on his guilty plea to Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, a class "D" Felony, three years in state prison on his guilty plea to Criminal Sexual Assault in the Third Degree, a class "D" Felony and...
Jun 18, 2013
Fourteen Years in State Prison for Spring Valley Knifepoint Robbery, Drug Conviction
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Paul Giddens of 12 Aeslin Drive, Spring Valley, New York was sentenced to 14 years in state prison for his conviction on one count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony, ten years in state prison for his conviction on two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, class "C" Felonies and a year in state prison on one...
Jun 06, 2013
Duo Plead Guilty in Ramapo Dogfighting Case
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Ralph Cadet of 39 Greenridge Way, New Hempstead, New York and Tyrell Francis of 39 Greenridge Way, New Hempstead, New York pled guilty to one count of Prohibited Animal Fighting, a class "E" Felony.
May 29, 2013
Two Career Criminals Charged in Village of Nyack Drug Crackdown
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that two men have been indicted on drug charges following a two-month undercover investigation into narcotics trafficking in the Village of Nyack. Dominic White has been charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class "B" Felonies and two counts of Criminal Possession...
May 20, 2013
Spring Valley Man Convicted of Knifepoint Robbery
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Andrew Baxter of 37 Memorial Park Drive, Spring Valley, New York was convicted after a jury trial of one count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony, one count of Robbery in the Second Degree, a class "C" Felony and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class "A" Misdemeanor...
May 08, 2013
Grand Larceny Charges Against Westchester County Woman in $199,000 Escrow Account Theft
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Barbara Cummaro of 2765 Denby Drive, Yorktown Heights, New York has been charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class "C" Felony.
May 01, 2013
Grand Larceny Charges Filed Against Haverstraw Contractor in $10K Home Improvement Swindle
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Thomas Watson of 99 Maple Avenue, Haverstraw, New York has been charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class "D" Felony.
Apr 25, 2013
14 Face Charges in $229,000 Child Care Fraud
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe, joined by Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and Susan Sherwood, Commissioner of Social Services, today announced that 14 individuals face charges of illegally obtaining subsidized child care funds.  The defendants allegedly fraudulently obtained child care subsidy payments from the Rockland County Department of Social Services by...
Apr 16, 2013
Food Stamp Fraud Charges Announced Against Nanuet Man in Custody for Threatening to Kill Federal and State Officials
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Lawrence Mulqueen (DOB 04/14/63) of 66 Freedman Avenue, Nanuet, New York has been charged in connection with the fraudulent use of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps.
Apr 16, 2013
Orange County Based Electrical Contractor Charged with Cheating Employees
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that an electrical contractor, his wife and his Orange County-based electrical company have been charged with defrauding six employees out of approximately $28,000 by failing to pay them the mandatory prevailing wages on a public works project for the State of New York.
Apr 16, 2013
Conviction in Spring Valley Knifepoint Robbery
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Paul Giddens of 12 Aeslin Drive, Spring Valley, New York was convicted after a jury trial of One count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony, Two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, class "C" Felonies and One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class "A" Misdemeanor
Apr 02, 2013
Spring Valley Man Sentenced to 12 Years in State Prison for 1994 Killing of Community Activist
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Daniel Jean-Baptiste of 272 Main Street, Spring Valley, New York has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison and five years post-release supervision on his guilty plea to one count Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony.
Apr 01, 2013
Former Sloatsburg Building Inspector Pleads Guilty to Official Misconduct
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that John Layne of 22 Rustic Drive, Airmont, New York has pled guilty to one count of Official Misconduct, a class "A" Misdemeanor for violating ethics rules and funneling customers to his private contracting companies.
Mar 29, 2013
Actor Stephen Baldwin Pleads Guilty in $350,000 Personal Income Tax Theft
Defendant To Make Full Restitution To State.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Stephen Baldwin of Upper Grandview, New York pled guilty to one count of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class "E" Felony.
Mar 28, 2013
20 Year State Prison Sentence in Rockland County Psychiatric Center Killing
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Curtis Wilson of 140 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, New York has been sentenced to a determinate term of 20 years in state prison on his January 10th, 2013 guilty plea to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony.
Mar 27, 2013
Clarkstown Home Improvement Contractor Arrested for Stealing Over $100K from Homeowner
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Peter Provenza of 144 Strawtown Road, New City, New York has been charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class "C" Felony.
Mar 27, 2013
Conviction by Rockland County Jury in NYS Police Felony Drug Case
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Genghis Khan of 1008 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, New York was found guilty following a jury trial of one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class "A-II" Felony and one count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a Violation.
Mar 26, 2013
D.A. Technology Director Discusses Law Enforcement Concerns with Congress on Electronic Communications Privacy
Rockland County District Attorney's Office Considered National Leader In Areas Of Digital Investigation; Local Expertise To Help Congress Update Federal Privacy Rights.
Feb 27, 2013
Sweeping Fraud Uncovered in Star Program; District Attorney Announces Amnesty Program
Thousands Of Cases Of STAR Misuse Suspected.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced a unique amnesty program to allow STAR program violators to pay up and avoid criminal charges and possible arrest.
Feb 26, 2013
Garnerville Woman Charged with Public Benefits Theft
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Marleny Fernandez of 2B Kensington Circle, Garnerville, New York has been arrested and arraigned on one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony.
Feb 26, 2013
Nanuet Man Charged for Threatening to Kill Federal and State Officials and Illegal Possession of a Weapon
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Thomas P. Zugibe, the Rockland County District Attorney, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and Chief Michael Sullivan of the Clarkstown Police Department, announced today the filing of federal and state criminal charges against...
Feb 15, 2013
Guilty Plea in $3 Million Lottery Jackpot Swindle
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Atif Ali of 264 North Main Street, Apartment 1-D, Spring Valley, New York has pled guilty to one count of Petit Larceny, a class "A" Misdemeanor relating to a lottery ticket scam.
Feb 14, 2013
Pearl River Man Faces Felony Charges for Illegal Prescription Drug Sales
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Richard Lennox of 111 East Washington Avenue, Pearl River, New York has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with two counts of Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class "B" Felonies and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class "B" Felonies.
Feb 06, 2013
Monsey Man Sentenced to Fourteen Years for Child Sex Abuse
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Eliyahu Zarifa of Kearsing Parkway, Monsey, New York has been sentenced to fourteen years in state prison with ten years post-release supervision on his August guilty plea to one count of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony.
Jan 30, 2013
Twenty-Eight Charged in Major Drug Sweep Following Undercover Investigation
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced the filing of criminal charges against twenty-eight individuals on drug and other charges following a four-month undercover investigation targeting narcotics trafficking activities in the community.
Jan 29, 2013
Mother Sentenced in Clarkstown Slave Labor Case
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Parveen Jagota (DOB 01/04/54) of 28 Butternut Drive, New City, New York was sentenced to two to three years in state prison on her February 2012 conviction after a nonjury trial on the top counts of the indictment that charged her with...
Jan 16, 2013
DA Zugibe Announces Charges Against Nyack Store Owner, Clerks for Food Stamp Fraud
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe and Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef today announced that two Village of Nyack store owners and several clerks have been charged in connection with the fraudulent use of the Supplemental Nutritional Aid Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps.
Jan 15, 2013
Three Month Undercover Investigation Results in Drug Charges Against Four Individuals
Defendants Accused Of Distributing Cocaine, Crack Cocaine In Clarkstown, Orangetown. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that four individuals have been arrested on drug charges following a three-month investigation in the Village of Nyack. District Attorney Zugibe said, "Residents in Nyack are fed up with having their lives negatively defined by the threat of...
Jan 10, 2013
Guilty Plea in Rockland County Psychiatric Center killing
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Curtis Wilson of 140 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, New York pled guilty to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony relating to a death on the campus of the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg. On January 16, 2012, at approximately 5:16 p.m., Wilson struck fellow Rockland Psychiatric Center...
Jan 09, 2013
Spring Valley Woman Charged with $18,000 Ripoff of Public Assistance System
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Tanya Lindsey of 55 Ewing Avenue, Apartment A-16, Spring Valley, New York has been arrested and arraigned on one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class "D" Felony. Lindsey is accused of stealing more than $18,000 from, and falsifying applications submitted to, the Rockland County Department of Social Services in...
Jan 07, 2013
Guilty Plea in 1994 Killing of Spring Valley Man
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Daniel Jean-Baptiste of 272 Main Street, Spring Valley, New York has pled guilty to one count Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class "B" Felony. District Attorney Zugibe said, "More than eighteen years after the victim was gunned down in cold blood, this defendant will now face the consequences of his actions. Cases may...

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