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Prosecutors: Long Island Man Posed as Cop With Fake Badge, Made Bogus Arrests

By brooketerra     Feb 8, 2007 in Crime
A cunning con duped a Long Island neighborhood by posing as a friendly cop — while shaking down hookers, drug dealers and speeders for payoffs, authorities said Wednesday.
"He had the kids idolizing him like he was a super police officer," said Henry Terry's neighbor Diana Hoffman. "He would come out in his uniform every day, like he was going to work. He would flash his lights for the kids. He would let them play with the siren."
But instead of being a super trooper, Terry was a brazen con man wearing a fake uniform, authorities said.
He dressed up as a cop each day to perpetrate a life-encompassing scam in which he posed as an officer to shake down crooks and reap rewards from neighbors, whom he convinced to hand over expensive goods, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said.
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