Anthony Grigoroff Convicted a Second Time by Putnam County Jury

Grigoroff Convicted a Second Time by Putnam County Jury

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 8, 2017 Carmel, N.Y. – The Putnam County District Attorney’s Office has   announced the conviction of Anthony Grigoroff for the murder of life- long Garrison resident John Marcinak.

“Once again, a Putnam County Jury heard all the evidence, carefully deliberated, and found Anthony Grigoroff guilty of Murder in the Second Degree and two counts of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree,” District Attorney Robert Tendy stated. “We can only hope this conviction will bring justice for John and peace to his family and friends who were present throughout the trial.”

The jury comprised of six women and six men listened carefully to the lengthy testimony, analyzed the evidence, weighed the credibility of the witnesses, and reached a unanimous verdict.

District Attorney Tendy is grateful to the current and retired members of the PCSO and State Police who worked closely with his office to insure that the passage of time never hindered a successful prosecution. Tendy who was lead trial attorney also commended the “tireless efforts of his co-counsel Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch whose commitment to the Marcinak family and desire to ensure that justice was served remained an unmistakable driving force throughout the trial.”  Tendy also thanks DA Investigator Michael Benvie for his tireless efforts during the prosecution of this case.

The Defendant faces a sentence of 25 years to Life on the Murder conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2017.  The case was presided over by the Hon. Edward McLoughlin.

17-015 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Anthony Grigoroff

PUTNAM COUNTY TREATMENT COURT VIOLATORS SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

PUTNAM COUNTY TREATMENT COURT VIOLATORS SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 3, 2017: District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that two Carmel residents were recently sentenced to State Prison for failure to comply with the terms of their agreement with the Putnam County Treatment Court program. Twenty-three year old Amanda Burdick entered the treatment court program on March 20, 2014 after pleading guilty to three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, facing potentially 27 years in state prison if unsuccessful in the program. Had she successfully completed the program Burdick had the opportunity to have all her charges dismissed. After absconding from one treatment facility, Burdick rotated though four additional inpatient facilities but was repeatedly discharged for conduct considered dangerous to other participants. Burdick ultimately exhausted all her treatment options, was terminated from the program, and sentenced to a total of 15 years state prison.

Sixty-eight year old Thomas Coviello was terminated from the program and sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years state prison. Coviello entered Treatment Court on December 4, 2014 after pleading guilty to one count of Felony Driving While intoxicated and an admission to a violation of probation. On January 10, 2017 Coviello was arrested for Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, in violation of his agreement which prohibited him from driving.

Tendy commended the sentences imposed by the Honorable James Reitz. “Too many lives are lost to addictions,” Tendy said. “Treatment Court is an opportunity, but if you abuse that opportunity, if you violate the conditions of the program and place other participants at risk, you will go to prison.”

The treatment court program seeks alternative methods for helping drug addicts caught up in the legal system through a rigorous two year program designed to allow participants to avoid prison and become productive members of the community.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Breanne Smith.

17-014 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Amanda Burdick and Thomas Coviello

DA TENDY ANNOUNCES THE CONVICTION OF BREWSTER RESIDENT FOR RAPE IN THE SECOND DEGREE

DA TENDY ANNOUNCES THE CONVICTION OF BREWSTER RESIDENT FOR RAPE IN THE SECOND DEGREE

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 3, 2017: District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that 19 year old Christian Manuel Salazar-Miguel was convicted of two counts of Rape in the Second Degree and two counts of Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor. The defendant wooed his underage victims through social media, eventually leading to sexual intercourse.

Tendy indicated that a joint investigation with the Putnam County Sherriff’s office and the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office led to a search warrant on the defendant’s Facebook page and a review of thousands of posts. Exhaustive investigation by Putnam County Sheriff’s investigator Shaun Menton and District Attorney’s Investigator Jaemie Caban resulted in the identification and interview of the young victims, who were only 13 and 14 years old.

As a result of the intensive investigation, the defendant was sentenced to four years in state prison; 10 years post release supervision, and will be required to register as a sex offender. “This case is an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous social media can be and how important it is for parents to monitor their kids’ social media use,” Tendy said. “There are sexual offenders out there grooming our kids to be victims. Education and awareness for the parents and in our schools is vital. This case is another example of why my office will continue to educate our kids while simultaneously prosecuting the offenders.  Prevention and prosecution will continue to be my top priority”

Chief Assistant Chana Krauss prosecuted this case and frequently gives talks to students about the dangers of social media. Tendy commented that “ADA Krauss is always available to go to a school and discuss these issues with students, parents, and teachers. Nobody knows more about this problem than she does, and she can be a great resource. School administrators can contact my office at 845-808-1050 if they want to discuss this. Sadly, it is a problem that is not going to go away. Vigilance and education are extremely important.”

17-013 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Christain Manual Salazar-Miguel

Carmel Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

Carmel Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

CARMEL, NEW YORK – JULY 17, 2017 District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced the conviction of Daniel G. Moloney, Jr., aged 30, of 265 East Lake Boulevard, in the Town of Carmel for the crime of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D Felony . On September 25, 2016 the Putnam County Sheriff’s office received a complaint that the 14 year old victim had been sexually abused by the defendant in his bedroom.

The victim, who was interviewed at the Child Advocacy center by DA Investigator Jaemie Caban and Investigator Shaun Menton of the PCSO, revealed the defendant, a family friend, brought the victim to his bedroom under the guise they were going to watch TV. Once in the bedroom, the defendant sexually assaulted the victim and threated to use restraining devices if she did not comply. A joint effort between law enforcement and the DA’s Office led to the execution of a search warrant and the recovery of the restraints. Chief Assistant District Attorney Chana Krauss refused to plea bargain the case and he ultimately pled guilty as charged.

The defendant was sentenced on July 12, 2017 before Judge Rooney to the agreed upon sentence of six months in jail, 10 years of sex offender probation, an order of protection and Sex Offender Registration. The defendant waived his right to appeal and the young victim was spared the trauma of testifying.

The victim’s mother, who was in support of the agreed upon plea and grateful for the careful attention the case and her daughter received, submitted a statement to the Court on the day of sentence, “because of your disgusting shameful acts she will never look at life the same and she’s just a child whose life barely began”.

DA Tendy stated “I want the message to be clear; we will fight tooth and nail to protect our children, if you harm a child here in Putnam County, you will be found, prosecuted and held accountable by the most aggressive team. This case was investigated prosecuted swiftly and effectively as a joint effort between the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s Office.”

17-012 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE. Daniel G Moloney

CARPE DIEM!

District Attorney Robert Tendy returned to his former job as Putnam Valley Supervisor for a few moments to help release Sterile Grass Carp into Putnam Valley’s Lake Oscawana. This was part of multi-faceted program to control weeds in the lake, and it was one of the last projects Tendy completed before he left Putnam Valley to become Putnam County District Attorney.

It was more than three years ago that Tendy, his former Town Hall Staff, and members of the Lake Oscawana community began the work to bring grass carp into the lake, which was being choked off in some areas as invasive weeds such as milfoil began to grow uncontrollably. “It was a painstaking process, with a lot of environmental concerns that had to be addressed. We started in the summer of 2012, and were approved shortly before I left office at the end of 2015. When I heard that the carp were being put into the lake this week, I wanted to be sure to attend. It was a beautiful day, I saw many of my old friends, and it was really nice to be back, if only for a brief visit.”

The carp are small now, about 10  – 12 inches, but can grow to about 3 feet long. They don’t reproduce, and are used in lakes that are overcome with weeds, particularly invasive weed species. “These carp, as they grow and eat the weeds, in about 2 – 3 years will begin having a noticeable effect toward reducing weeds in the lake. It’s great to see that everyone’s hard work and perseverance paid off. Putnam Valley has beautiful lakes, and Lake Oscawana is the jewel of them all. We always did everything we could to keep it that way.”

After the release of the fish into the lake, Tendy hurried back to the District Attorney’s office. “It’s such a beautiful day, and it is really nice being back. But we  have a lot of things to do at the District Attorney’s office, so my little vacation is over.”

D.A. & SHERIFF WARN AGAINST SCAM IRS CALLS: SENIOR CITIZENS AMONG THOSE TARGETED

D.A. & SHERIFF WARN AGAINST SCAM IRS CALLS: —SENIOR CITIZENS AMONG THOSE TARGETED—

CARMEL, NEW YORK – APRIL 27, 2016:  Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are warning area residents to be on guard against an IRS tax collection scam that has bilked victims throughout the nation.  In recent days, several Putnam County residents have reported that they have received bogus calls from con artists identifying themselves as IRS officials and demanding payments of money for taxes.  Many of those targeted by the thieves are senior citizens.

In the scam, imposters pretending to be from the IRS or another agency telephone people and claim they owe taxes.  The callers typically say that the persons must pay immediately or else face the loss of their driver’s license or business license, face deportation or go to jail.

The callers may alter, or “spoof,” caller ID services to make it look like they are calling from the actual agency.  Scammers often research their targets online to pick up some personal details about them, such as their age and the names of other family members, to make the intended victim believe they have official access to their tax records. Callers may use official IRS titles and give out a badge number to identify themselves.

Scammers usually demand that the targeted person pay through an online service or by using an untraceable cash or debit card, often directing victims to a bank or convenience store to make the payment through a wire service such as Western Union.

More recently, tax scammers have gone beyond using the phone. Late last summer, the IRS warned that the con artists are copying official IRS letterhead to contact victims through email or regular mail. In another twist, the thieves provide a real IRS address and tell the victim to mail the receipt for the payment to the agency.

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. . . SCAM IRS CALLS

The scam has been occurring across the nation for about two years.  According to published reports, hundreds of thousands of scam contacts have occurred nationwide and thousands of victims have been collectively scammed out of millions of Dollars.

The IRS recommends that the best way of dealing with the thieves is to just hang up the phone.  According to the IRS, real agents will not contact taxpayers by phone without first sending a written tax bill in the mail. Furthermore, the IRS does not demand immediate payment of owed taxes.  The IRS also will not demand just one kind of specific payment and does not threaten to call in the local police for nonpayment of taxes.

The IRS advises taxpayers that the best defense against IRS scammers is to know your own tax situation.  If a taxpayer filed a tax return that was accepted by the IRS, and even received a refund, any tax dispute would be about specific income items or deductions, and the IRS would contact the taxpayer by mail.  If that has not happened, a taxpayer’s tax status is not an issue.

In addition to the IRS guidance, Sheriff Smith offered a general reminder to residents that they should never give out personal financial information to callers over the phone or send money to strangers. District Attorney Tendy said that any perpetrators of the scams would be prosecuted vigorously.  ###

Robert Tendy Sworn In As New District Attorney

Robert Tendy was sworn in today as the new Putnam County District Attorney. The ceremony took place at the Historic Putnam County Courthouse, a fitting backdrop for the new DA. DA Tendy stated he “is proud and honored to serve the people of Putnam County”. DA Tendy has been an attorney since 1989 concentrating in the area of criminal law. He served in Manhattan under DA Robert Morgenthau as an Assistant District Attorney handling hundreds of cases. DA Tendy also served in private practice defending the rights of many citizens.
In 2008 DA Tendy ran for Supervisor of the Town of Putnam Valley where he was elected and continued to serve until his election as Putnam County District Attorney. The transition into politics was not an easy move, DA Tendy admits to “not being political by nature” but felt the need to get involved and make a difference.
DA Tendy pledged to work with local law enforcement and continue to “work hard, be honest, ethical and remain open to ideas”.