A convicted felon from Roosevelt was busted Saturday at a Manhattan courthouse and charged with scheme to defraud after allegedly accepting money for fake jobs, Nassau County police said.
According to detectives, Darin Poole, 50, told a female victim that he worked for Time Warner Cable and offered to get her a job. He told the woman that she would need to give him $120 to cover the cost of the application and fingerprinting fees, cops said.
The unemployed woman agreed and paid, telling Poole that six of her family members and friends were also interested in the jobs. Between Oct. 10 and Oct. 18, the six other people wired money or gave Poole cash, each being promised a job at the cable company, cops said.
One of the victims called Time Warner Cable after not being able to reach Poole and learned that he never worked for the company. That victim then called police.
Poole is not a newcomer to the criminal lifestyle. He was found guilty of fourth degree grand larceny after the New York City Department of Investigation brought criminal charges against him in January 2006. Investigators said at the time that Poole impersonated a Department of Environmental Police captain in an effort to extort payments and accept fake bribes from a Bronx homeowner. Poole was incarcerated on those charges until March 2011, state records show.
He was arrested by Nassau County detectives at the Manhattan Criminal Court building located at 100 Centre Street on Saturday. He was charged with first-degree scheme to defraud and was arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead. He is currently being held in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.