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Hempstead Village trustee charged with grand larceny, falsifying records.

Byline: Adina Genn

A Hempstead Village trustee faces new charges, having previously been indicted in July.

Perry Pettus allegedly tried to attain a mortgage has been charged with attempted grand larceny and falsifying business records, authorities said.

A grand jury indicted Perry Pettus on 29 counts related allegedly to fraudulently attempting to obtain a mortgage on a North Carolina home and to secure a debt consolidation loan with forged paperwork, according to Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Pettus was in charged in July with soliciting bribes and extorting local restaurant owners, and along with an associate, allegedly targeted Hispanic-owned businesses as part of an extortion scheme, authorities said.

On Tuesday, Pettus was charged with second-degree attempted grand larceny, six counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, 12 counts of first-degree falsifying business records, third-degree attempted grand larceny eight counts of second-degree falsifying business records and making a punishable false written statement.

Pettus, who is represented by attorney Scott Druker, a Garden City-based attorney, pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash.

"The public rightly expects those elected to public office to serve with honesty and integrity, and when politicians commit crimes, as is alleged in this indictment, they compromise the public's confidence in their government," Singas said in a statement.

"This indictment charges Hempstead Village Trustee Perry Pettus with providing fake documents to banks to obtain loans for which he was not qualified, and my office will prosecute this case aggressively," she added.

But Druker told Newsday that the new indictments this week "were ridiculous at this point."

The DA's office said it began the investigation into Pettus a former deputy mayor of the village and owner of Hempstead Hub Towing in early 2018, after it received credible information about an alleged bribery and extortion scheme.

Authorities said that in November 2016, Pettus went to a TD Bank branch in Hempstead to apply for a mortgage loan to purchase the North Carolina home. He allegedly submitted false pay stubs to increase his income in order to qualify for the loan, according to the DA's office. Pettus allegedly gave the bank a signed letter, claiming to be an employee of an auto collision business, and submitted four false paystubs purporting to be issued by that same auto collision business that inflated his income by $4,333 a month.

Additionally, in February 2017, Pettus also allegedly attempted to steal approximately $35,000 from Web Bank. Pettus allegedly provided a forged W2 income tax form that inflated his annual income nearly $100,000, while attempting to obtain a debt consolidation loan, the DA's office said.

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Publication:Long Island Business News
Date:Oct 17, 2018
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