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Alfred Village Police arrest scammer from Flushing NY after sting operation

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26 year old Ravi Patel was arrested with assistance from federal and state law enforcement, jailed on $50,000 bail

From the Village of Alfred Police Department,

Type of Investigation: Fraud

Date and Time:  3rd of May 2023

Location: West University Street Village of Alfred NY

Subject: Ravi D. Patel  26 yrs.  Flushing NY

Charges:

Grand Larceny 3rd Degree

Attempted Grand Larceny 2nd

Degree Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree

Court: Alfred Village Court

Status: Remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $50,000.00 bail.

Details of the Incident:     On the 3rd of May – Members of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Buffalo’s Nickel City Financial Task Force, the Village of Alfred Police Department, the New York State Police, and the New York State University Police at Alfred State College arrested Ravi D. Patel, 26, of Flushing, NY, on charges of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny 2nd Degree, and Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree. The arrest came after a two- week investigation of fraud that was perpetrated on an Alfred village resident. The investigation began on 25th of April when the Village of Alfred Police Department received a report from a resident who had been the victim of a fraud. The victim told police that they had received a phone call on the 20th of April from someone claiming to be from the Federal Trade commission. The caller told the victim that they had to pay a large sum of money to clear their name. The victim was instructed to withdraw cash from the bank and that an agent would meet with them to pick up the money. The victim was also instructed to remove more money the week after from the bank. It was at this point Investigators were able work with the victim to set up a money drop to arrest Patel when he showed up at the victim’s house to pick up the money.

Investigated by: Members of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Buffalo’s Nickel City Financial Task Force, the Village of Alfred Police Department, the New York State Police, and the New York State University Police at Alfred State College

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