Hicksville company owner charged in bad checks

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The owner of an air conditioning company was arrested and charged with grand larceny and fraud after he wrote more than $10,000 in bad checks to an employee and a supplier, the police said.

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Jan 23, 2008
 
Insufficient funds not made good is a civil matter, not criminal.
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Jan 23, 2008
 
Knowingly writing bad checks is fraud, not just a civil matter. In NY I believe the penalty is up to 3 months in jail and/or fine.
Proving it is another issue. That's why very few are prosecuted.
I work in the banking field and these people know they don't have the funds to cover the check, but continue to send them out costing the other party money as well as other damges. Stupidity is no excuse under the law.
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Knowingly writing bad checks is fraud, not just a civil matter. In NY I believe the penalty is up to 3 months in jail and/or fine.
Proving it is another issue. That's why very few are prosecuted.
I work in the banking field and these people know they don't have the funds to cover the check, but continue to send them out costing the other party money as well as other damges. Stupidity is no excuse under the law.
The story did not say that he had a pattern of writing bad checks and if very few are prosecuted then why bother with a criminal charge when when civil court will serve the purpose.
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Jan 23, 2008
 
info wrote:
<quoted text>The story did not say that he had a pattern of writing bad checks and if very few are prosecuted then why bother with a criminal charge when when civil court will serve the purpose.
I hate using this word, but I assume that since so few cases are prosecuted, that he must have had a pattern of doing this, or it was blatant.
It's so easy to avoid paying the civil penalties, that it really isn't a deterrent. I'm looking at this from the employees standpoint. You put in the hours to do a job, you have bills to pay and this guy is giving you a bounce check as payment. That's pretty sleazy. Meanwhile the guy is hiding assets elsewhere.(they always do)
In its purist form, it's theft and theft is a crime.
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Jan 23, 2008
 
Paul wrote:
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I hate using this word, but I assume that since so few cases are prosecuted, that he must have had a pattern of doing this, or it was blatant.
It's so easy to avoid paying the civil penalties, that it really isn't a deterrent. I'm looking at this from the employees standpoint. You put in the hours to do a job, you have bills to pay and this guy is giving you a bounce check as payment. That's pretty sleazy. Meanwhile the guy is hiding assets elsewhere.(they always do)
In its purist form, it's theft and theft is a crime.
So how does the employee recover his wages?
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Jan 23, 2008
 
curious wrote:
<quoted text>So how does the employee recover his wages?
Thats a good question. It's hard to recover the money through civil damages...You can hope that the fear of criminal prosecution and possible jail would be enough of an incentive for the employer.
The problem is these people are able to hide $ legally.
ex. The company has no funds and is writing bad checks...meanwhile the owner of the company has other accounts under different corporate names and is leagally allowed to keep the money because it's under a different entity. He's living well, while the employee and suppliers are getting screwed. This also has a trickle down effect.
If you want to make it fair...any accounts that has the owners name on it should be subject to immediate forfeiture no matter what the corporate name. if he is a signor on the account, he should lose the money.
there is no easy solution.

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Jan 23, 2008
 
Does anyone know if this is the same Russel Martini with Read Hair that went to East Meadow High School in the late 90's?????

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Jan 23, 2008
 
OMG I meant RED hair! LOL
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Jan 23, 2008
 
Must be a REALLY slow news day.
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Jan 23, 2008
 
Paul wrote:
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Thats a good question. It's hard to recover the money through civil damages...You can hope that the fear of criminal prosecution and possible jail would be enough of an incentive for the employer.
The problem is these people are able to hide $ legally.
ex. The company has no funds and is writing bad checks...meanwhile the owner of the company has other accounts under different corporate names and is leagally allowed to keep the money because it's under a different entity. He's living well, while the employee and suppliers are getting screwed. This also has a trickle down effect.
If you want to make it fair...any accounts that has the owners name on it should be subject to immediate forfeiture no matter what the corporate name. if he is a signor on the account, he should lose the money.
there is no easy solution.
The State Labor Dept. is authorized to bring criminal charges when other means have failed and does recover most of the time.
It is the same red head

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Jan 24, 2008
 
East Meadow Girl wrote:
Does anyone know if this is the same Russel Martini with Read Hair that went to East Meadow High School in the late 90's?????
It is the same red head, from air force designs. he owes a lot of his suppliers money. I was one of the suckers that thought he was a friend and was swindled out of money and equipment

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Jan 25, 2008
 
It is the same red head wrote:
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It is the same red head, from air force designs. he owes a lot of his suppliers money. I was one of the suckers that thought he was a friend and was swindled out of money and equipment
Good God. Some people never change.
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Jan 27, 2008
 
East Meadow Girl wrote:
Does anyone know if this is the same Russel Martini with Read Hair that went to East Meadow High School in the late 90's?????
Yes it is
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Jan 27, 2008
 
He worked with my company and screwed us as well. He is a real loser. He wanted me to leave my job to work with him Thank God I never did I would be screwed as well. I know of alot of other people and companies that he screwed over that arent even comming forward. I hope they nail him good.

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Jan 27, 2008
 
What a freakin loser he deserves it all
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Feb 16, 2008
 
East Meadow Girl wrote:
Does anyone know if this is the same Russel Martini with Read Hair that went to East Meadow High School in the late 90's?????
Yes this is the same Russel
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Feb 16, 2008
 
This bumb owes one suppier that i know of over 60,000.00 Another over 15,000.00 And so on and so on.....
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Feb 16, 2008
 
I was a former secretary of "Rusty", I feel so bad for all the people that gave that man deposits on A/C etc. From mornin untill night the phones rang with many ANGRY customers that gave him money and haven't seen him since. Not only was he stealing from customers but his own. My fiance also worked for Rusty, he did not recieve a W2 this year. Rusty wrote out his own payroll checks deducting federal taxes and never submitted them. We lost out on taxes this year because we trusted him. The trust only went so far.
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Feb 16, 2008
 
Why do all swindlers come from East Meadow?
Pete Dawson was from EM too.
East Meadow has more criminals than any other town in Nassau County.
Thats cause the NC jail is in EM... hehehehehe
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Sep 22, 2012
 
09/15/12 He is still up to his old tricks. We recently had a AC issue and contracted him to fix it. He showed up and fainted repairing the ac then took the money ($704.23) and ran the ac still doesn't work and we can not get in touch with him the address is not his the local supplier of ac equipment has a bounced ck from him a real sleeze. I would recommend that you do not deal with him.

Any one have any info on this guy?
docbiker@aol.com

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