The Putnam Examiner

Forged Certificate of Occupancy in Putnam Valley Leads to Arrest

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A White Plains man was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department after he reportedly filed a forged copy of a certificate of occupancy for a piece of property with the Town of Putnam Valley Building Department.

On Dec. 5, 2012, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the town’s building department reporting that Antonio Longo of White Plains, allegedly placed the forged instrument in a file for a property on Bogert Avenue in Putnam Valley and presented it to them.

The investigation was assigned to Investigator James Babcock of the sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  On Jan. 29, Longo, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered himself to Babcock at the sheriff’s office.

Longo was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument a class “D” felony.  He was arraigned before Putnam Valley Town Justice Gina Capone and released without bail pending a Feb. 26 court date.

If convicted of the charge, Mr. Longo may be sentenced to a term of incarceration for up to seven years in a New York State correctional facility as determined by a judge.

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