Man Arrested for Fake Fundraiser
Police said they arrested a man from Farmingdale for asking people to donate money to a fundraiser that didn’t exist, according to a press release from Suffolk County Police.
On Wednesday, David Papik allegedly went door-to-door asking the residents of Lidge Drive in Farmingdale to donate money for a walk that would benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. One of the victims researched the charity after giving $10 to Papik, and called police when she found out the charity was not real.
Officers from the Sixth Precinct Patrol investigated the incident and arrested Papik at 8:21 on Wednesday night. Papik was charged with Scheme to Defraud in the 2nd degree.
Papik, 33 of Pinelawn Avenue in Farmingdale, was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday at first District Court in Central Islip.
Police are telling anyone with information regarding the alleged scheme, or anyone else who donated money to Papik, to call Crime Stoppers. You can contact them at (800) 577-TIPS, through their website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577. Tips will be kept anonymous.
[Source: Suffolk County Police]
Man Convicted for Bomb Plot
A man from Deer Park was convicted for planting a bomb in a Huntington Home Depot in October and then attempting to extort $2 million from the national chain.
According to Examiner.com, 50-year-old Daniel Sheehan will face a minimum of 30 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Sheehan, who was a former Home Depot employee, sent an anonymous letter to the manager of the store in Huntington. In the letter, Sheehan stated that a bomb had been placed inside the store. Sheehan stated that he had placed the bomb as a demonstration of his ability to place an explosive in the store without being detected.
Sheehan then sent a second letter, saying that if Home Depot did not pay him the $2 million, he would detonate three pipe bombs at three different Home Depot locations on Black Friday.
Suffolk County Police discovered a working pipe bomb in the Home Depot in Huntington on October 15. After an investigation by the FBI, Sheehan was arrested on November 7.
Sheehan will be sentenced on October 2 in federal court.