Crime Nearby: Radio Shack Robber Pleads Guilty

Notable arrests and convictions around Long Island.

A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in the armed robbery of a Baldwin Radio Shack in May 2012.

Dominique Navarro, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in exchange for a promised eight-year prison sentence, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Navarro and three other men held up the Grand Avenue Radio Shack, displaying a handgun, restraining the store clerk and taking electronics and cash from the register, Rice said.

DA: Fake Psychology Practice

A Huntington man has pleaded not guilty to charges he practiced psychology without a license.

Adam M. Goldrusso, 46, also pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal sale of marijuana. The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said that Goldrusso: "Did practice and held himself out to practice, psychology by identifying himself as a licensed psychologist and by engaging in counseling and/or psychotherapy."

It was not immediately known how many people he treated.

The unauthorized practice of a professional is a violation of state education law. Both charges are felonies.

$50 Million Ponzi Scheme Alleged

The FBI arrested a Far Rockaway man on Thursday for allegedly defrauding victims out of more than $50 million in a real estate Ponzi scheme.

Gershon Barkany, 29, allegedly promised to use large sums of money from at least five victims in “risk-free” deals to purchase and then immediately resell at a profit real estate properties located in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Atlantic City, according to the criminal complaint.

One problem: The FBI says the properties don't exist. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail.

Glen Cove Warrant Sweep

Glen Cove and Nassau County Police teamed up last week to arrest 12 people during a warrant sweep. Charges included aggravated unlicensed operation, assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, DWI, violation of probation, menacing and criminal sale of controlled substances.


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