An arrest was made early Thursday morning, July 28 by police of a Corona man in Elmhurst, N.Y. According to detectives, defendant Hernaldo Saldarriaga-Lopez, 61, along with another individual not yet arrested, fraudulently stated on two separate dates to two separate victims that he had a winning lottery ticket and continued by soliciting their help in cashing it. On July 1, a 41-year-old female victim was walking on Prospect Avenue in New Cassel and on July 6, a 29-year-old female victim was walking on Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream. The defendant tells the victims he will share the prize money but that they need to provide cash or jewelry to him until the ticket is cashed. The victims are then driven to a location and asked to pick up the ticket, upon exiting the vehicle, the defendant drives away leaving the victims behind.
The combined investigation led to the arrest on Grand Avenue and Seabury Street in Elmhurst. Search incident to arrest recovered two pills believed to be Alprazolam, a forged Social Security Card and a forged driver’s license from Puerto Rico. Defendant Hernaldo Saldarriaga-Lopez is charged with two counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument, two counts Scheme to Defraud and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. He will be arraigned on Friday, July 29 in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead.
Detectives request anyone who believes they may have been a victim of the above listed crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.