NYPD: Man Poses As Police Officer Seeking Donations For Sick Children

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man has been scamming small businesses by posing as a New York City police officer looking for donations, according to the NYPD.

In April, police said 43-year-old Richard Gomez went to three different stores and identified himself as “Sgt. Russo from the NYPD.” He then asked the business owners for a donation for sick children of police officers, police said.

The donations have been between $20 and $100, sources told CBS2.

He targeted Bagel Smith on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn and two restaurants in the Bronx — Salsa Con Fuego on Cedar Avenue and Caridad Restaurant on West Kingsbridge Road, police said.

Gomez has been in trouble before for a similar crime, according to sources.

He was arrested in March 2014, after allegedly hustling the owner of a Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn, sources said. In that case, Gomez claimed to be a member of Community…

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