PRESCRIBED TO A PRISON TERM
South Ozone Park Con Man Stole ID, Cash
A South Ozone Park man admitted to charges last Tuesday, Dec. 18, that he concocted a scheme centered around the purported opening of a neighborhood medical facility in order to steal the identities of eight individuals and thousands of dollars in cash, law enforcement sources reported.
Delloyd (a.k.a. Tom) Hill, 50, of 115th Avenue entered a guilty plea to a first-degree charge of identity theft during an court appearance before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice
Pauline A. Mullings.
Sentencing for Hill is scheduled to take place on Jan. 8, 2013; at last Tuesday’s hearing, Mullings indicated that she would order him to serve between two and four years behind bars for perpetrating the scam.
According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Hill claimed to be a Harvard University graduate who was opening a health care facility in the area to the victims, from whom he solicited financial backing or offered jobs. Six of the eight victims were reportedly doctors.
“[Hill] claimed to be interviewing for positions at a facility he was opening, as well as seeking investors for it, when, in fact, he was targeting individuals for identity fraud,” Brown said in a statement. “By stealing their personal information, [he] was able to open lines of credit totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sadly, this case underscores that even the most sophisticated and well-educated individuals are vulnerable to scams such as this.”
Authorities said that the scheme took place between Apr. 23 and Sept. 25, when Hill contacted the six doctors and interviewed them for prospective positions at the phony clinic. He also reportedly solicited financial support from his landlord and a second individual.
Using the victim’s personal information, law enforcement sources noted, Hill applied for and secured over $415,000 in the form of three lines of credit with TCF Equipment Finance Inc., which funds the purchase of medical equipment.
In addition, prosecutors noted, he solicited and received $35,000 from his landlord and $30,000 from another prospective investor in the health care facility.
Det. Dante Cavallo of the NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation under the supervision of Sgt. Joseph Klobus, Capt. Kenneth Gray and Deputy Inspector Gregory T. Antonsen, commanding officer. The unit is under the overall supervision of Deputy Chief Jeremiah Quinland of the NYPD Special Investigations Division and Chief of Detectives Phil T. Pulaski.
Also assisting with the probe was Det. Ronald H. Georg of the D.A.’s Detective Bureau, which is supervised by Chief Investigator Lawrence J. Festa and Deputy Chief Investigator Albert D. Velardi.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gloria T.D. Pellegrino of the D.A.’s Economic Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Gregory Pavlides, bureau chief, and Christina Hanophy, deputy bureau chief. Paralegal Kathleen P. Feeney assisted with the prosecution.