14 RC Financial Institutions Scammed

14 financial institutions in Rockland, including Sterling National Bank, First Niagara Bank and Capital One Bank found themselves on the losing end of a scam that cost over $300,000 dollars, according to prosecutors. 29-year-old Lawrence Lazard of Haverstraw, and his partner, 21-year-old Fabrice Stinfil of Spring Valley, have been indicted for a series of bank heists and mail fraud that county prosecutors say netted $250,000. Lazard who is alleged to be a gang member with criminal ties in New York and New Jersey, is accused of depositing over 300 altered money orders into bank accounts at various branches in Rockland, Orange and Bergen County. Lazard faces three counts of Grand Larceny and 25 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. If convicted, he could serve up to 15 years in state prison. Stinfil faces Grand Larceny and Criminal Facilitation and if convicted could serve up to 4 years in state prison.

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