By Kathryn G. Menu
Two Ronkonkoma residents were charged with forgery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property this week after Sag Harbor Village Police say they intentionally stole blank checks from a Sag Harbor resident, endorsed them, taking over $3,000 in cash with them.
According to Sag Harbor Police Detective Jeff Proctor, the person the checks were taken from — police are protecting his identity — was known to one of the defendants. The victim called police, said Detective Proctor, after being contacted by bank officials, concerned about potential fraud.
On Thursday, February 7, police arrested Kathleen Danielson, 23 and Nicholas Marino, 22 after they were taken into custody at the Suffolk County Police 5th Precinct in Patchogue and transported to Sag Harbor.
Danielson faces charges of 16 counts of forgery in the second degree, a class D felony, as well as two counts of grand larceny in the third degree, also a class D felony. Marino has been charged with one count of forgery in the second degree, one count of grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property, a class A misdemeanor.
They were both arraigned before Justice Andrea Schiavoni on Friday, February 8. Citing what she said were “several open charges in other jurisdictions,” Justice Schiavoni accepted the Suffolk County District Attorney’s recommendation that Danielson be held in lieu of $40,000 cash bail or a $50,000 bond.
Justice Schiavoni also elected to accept the district attorney’s recommendation that Marino be held in lieu of $30,000 cash bail, $40,000 bond, citing open charges in other jurisdictions as well.
According to Detective Proctor, Danielson has known the victim since childhood. Police allege that Danielson and Marino took 19 checks from the victim and endorsed 17 of them, totaling $3,330 in withdrawn money.
Checks were cashed at Capital One bank branches in Sag Harbor, East Moriches, Moriches and Bohemia.
Danielson faces more forgery charges, said police, because she endorsed 16 of the checks, while Marino only endorsed one. Marino faces the criminal possession of stolen property charge, said police, because he had in his possession two additional checks belonging to the victim when he was arrested.
Justice Schiavoni entered not guilty pleas for the defendants on Friday, while they awaited legal representation. They were expected to return to court on Tuesday.