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Archive for December, 2012

Sandy Anabi case: Judge grants Mangone pre-sentencing vacation12.19.12

NEW YORK Disgraced lawyerattorney Anthony Mangone will get some time in the sun before he’s sentenced on federal corruption and bribery charges.

Just when he will be sentenced remains undetermined — but his vacation is a done deal.

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon on Tuesday granted Mangone, 39, permission to travel to Palm Beach, Fla., the day after Christmas for a five-day stay.

“The purpose of the trip is to visit family living in the Palm Beach County area,” Mangone’s lawyerattorney, James DeVita, wrote in a letter to McMahon. The judge promptly approved the request.

Mangone was indicted in January 2010 with former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and onetime city GOP boss Zehy Jereis, but later pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

His sentencing date has not been set.

Read the entire report here.

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Suffern contractor Motz charged by DA for 2nd time in 4 months12.18.12

For the second time in four months, Suffern home improvement contractor Scott Motz has been charged in Rockland with taking money from a homeowner and then not doing the work or accounting for the costs.

Motz, 43, who owns S.T.M. Construction, has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony. He’s accused of stealing $4,400 from a Suffern resident by not replacing the homeowner’s roof, Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Monday.

Read more at LoHud.com

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Mother-in-law faces prison in January for assaulting daughter-in-law12.18.12

Parveen Jagota’s resentencing for assaulting her daughter-in-law and treating her as a slave was rescheduled Tuesday for Jan. 29 by Rockland County Court Judge William K. Nelson.

Nelson already has sentenced Jagota’s daughter Rajani, 31, to prison for 1 to 3 years on the same charges of assault  and labor trafficking.

Parveen’s Jagota had been sentenced to the same prison term as her daughter but Nelson decided to reconsider after her lawyer, Daniel Bertolino, raised questions about the assault portion of the sentence.

The sentencing has been delayed for a variety of reasons. Tuesday’s sentencing was adjourned because the interpreter had traveled to India.

Nelson asked about the status of Rajani Jagota on Tuesday. Prosecutor Arthur Ferraro told still has time left to serve on her sentence and would still be in prison when her mother was sentenced in January.

Following a non-jury trial, Nelson found that the mother once burned the young woman with an iron as punishment for poor work.

The victim came to the United States in 2008 following her marriage to Vishal Jagota, which was arranged by her relatives in the United States and India. Her identity has been withheld by the Journal News/LoHud.com based on her father-in-law being accused of sexually abusing her. He was found not guilty of the charges.

The victim’s husband was sentenced in May to three years’ probation and 220 hours of community service for third-degree assault, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum sentence of a year in jail.

“She was selected as a servant, not as a bride,” Nelson told the defendants in June. “It was his mission to find a young Indian woman from India, not one raised in the United States, … For three years, (the victim) lived a life of involuntary servitude, waiting hand and foot for you and your family.”

 

 

 

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Mother-in-law faces prison in January for assaulting daughter-in-law12.18.12

Parveen Jagota’s resentencing for assaulting her daughter-in-law and treating her as a slave was rescheduled Tuesday for Jan. 29 by Rockland County Court Judge William K. Nelson.

Nelson already has sentenced Jagota’s daughter Rajani, 31, to prison for 1 to 3 years on the same charges of assault  and labor trafficking.

Parveen’s Jagota had been sentenced to the same prison term as her daughter but Nelson decided to reconsider after her lawyer, Daniel Bertolino, raised questions about the assault portion of the sentence.

The sentencing has been delayed for a variety of reasons. Tuesday’s sentencing was adjourned because the interpreter had traveled to India.

Nelson asked about the status of Rajani Jagota on Tuesday. Prosecutor Arthur Ferraro told still has time left to serve on her sentence and would still be in prison when her mother was sentenced in January.

Following a non-jury trial, Nelson found that the mother once burned the young woman with an iron as punishment for poor work.

The victim came to the United States in 2008 following her marriage to Vishal Jagota, which was arranged by her relatives in the United States and India. Her identity has been withheld by the Journal News/LoHud.com based on her father-in-law being accused of sexually abusing her. He was found not guilty of the charges.

The victim’s husband was sentenced in May to three years’ probation and 220 hours of community service for third-degree assault, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum sentence of a year in jail.

“She was selected as a servant, not as a bride,” Nelson told the defendants in June. “It was his mission to find a young Indian woman from India, not one raised in the United States, … For three years, (the victim) lived a life of involuntary servitude, waiting hand and foot for you and your family.”

 

 

 

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Clarkstown police seeking reasons behind Palisades Mall stabbing12.10.12

A cab driver stabs two men outside Macy’s in the Palisades Mall parking lot just before 2 a.m., Clarkstown police say. Both men were taken to Nyack Hospital.
Police are not releasing many details of what occurred. Detectives are talking with the cab driver, who apparently picked up three men at the mall. The cabbie and a third fare were not injured.

Clarkstown Police Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni released the following news release:
“The Clarkstown Police Department is investigating an incident which took place at approximately 2:00 AM near the Palisades Mall bus stop. The incident stemmed from an argument involving a cab driver and three passengers. Two of the passengers received stab wounds during the incident. The cab driver was uninjured. The incident is under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. The two injured parties were transported to Nyack Hospital and are still being treated for their injuries.”

Here’s an earlier article on LoHud.com

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