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Suffolk cop accused of stealing cash from Latino drivers faces hate crime charge

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A Suffolk County police sergeant – arrested for allegedly targeting Latino drivers and stealing their money during traffic stops – was back in handcuffs Monday after prosecutors indicted him on new felony hate crime charges, the Associated Press reported March 24.

Scott Greene, 50, of Shirley, appeared Monday at the Suffolk County Court in Central Islip to be arraigned on a 21-count indictment, which included charges of grand larceny as a hate crime, official misconduct and petit larceny.

Greene surrendered himself Monday morning to investigators at the Suffolk County district attorney’s office in Hauppauge. The 25-year police veteran remained silent as his attorney entered a not guilty plea to the slew of felony charges.

The district attorney’s office said the new charges against Greene stem from six separate vehicle and traffic stops while he was working within the confines of the Sixth Precinct. In court, prosecutors said they have already located seven victims and have an “active and ongoing” investigation. They also said they “expect additional charges” to be filed against Greene in the near future.

Greene was released without bail and rushed out of court to a waiting car without speaking with reporters. His defense lawyer Tim Mazzei repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations against his client.

Greene was arrested on Jan. 30 after he was caught taking cash from a motorist in a district attorney’s office sting operation, officials said. He was allegedly seen on surveillance video taking $100 cash from an envelope on the front seat of a car he pulled over in Coram, Suffolk DA Thomas Spota said at the time. An undercover investigator was driving the vehicle, which was stopped on Granny Road in Coram around 7 p.m.

He was initially arrested on misdemeanor charges, but a Suffolk grand jury later indicted him on the upgraded charges, leading to his latest arrest.

Greene is due back in court on April 17.



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