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Westbury fish distributor to pay $100,000 fine for trafficking shellfish without permits, DA says


A Westbury fish distributor was fined $100,000 Wednesday for trafficking more than $100,000 worth of shellfish without the required permits, prosecutors said.

Richard Scores Jr., 57, of Commack, had been charged in February with felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to possess a shellfish shipper's and processor's permit, and trafficking in marine food fish and crustacea for resale.

He and his firm, Westbury Fish Co., pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Rhonda Fischer in County Court in Mineola to misdemeanors relating to those charges, acting Nassau County District...| read more

Nassau grand jury indicts man accused in shoplifting spree


A Nassau man was indicted in connection with a shoplifting spree that targeted drugstores and supermarkets from January to late June.

Alexander Wachmyanin, 50, who has no known address, was arraigned on an indictment regarding the eight-time spree. He targeted CVS, Rite Aid and Key Food stores in East Rockaway, Garden City, Hewlett, Westbury and West Hempstead, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Monday in a news release.

"This defendant is charged with a six-month shoplifting spree that targeted locations all over Nassau County, and on one occasion he...| read more

DA’s Canine Pal Assists Victims

Long Island Weekly

Sometimes people just don’t get the job done. When that’s the case, man’s best friend usually does the trick.

At the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, Mega, a white Labrador, assists citizens to open up and be more comfortable with the issues they are discussing. A facility dog, Mega is trained to assist people through traumatic situations.

Mega endured a six-month training program, which taught her over 52 commands. Equipped with a dog’s common skill set of sitting and heeling, Mega can also walk on both sides of humans, turn lights on and off, open drawers and tug...| read more

Shoddy system for awarding contracts

The Island Now

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recently released a report detailing deficiencies in the way the county awards contracts and offering a series of reforms.

The report, which is part of an ongoing review Singas began in April after then-state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was accused of illegally pressuring the awarding of a Nassau County contract to a company that employed his son, presents what Singas called “troubling problems” in the contracting process.

Among the deficiencies uncovered was the absence of vendors to disclose subsidiary companies...| read more