2009-11-27 / Top Stories

Two Locals Busted In Connecticut Scam

By Howard Schwach

Two Rockaway men were arraigned on November 23 in a Milford, Connecticut court on charges of purchasing electronic goods with counterfeit credit cards.

According to court sources, Leroy Sterling, 21, of Aztec Place and Gary Cozart, both of Far Rockaway, remain in custody after a brief hearing in Milford Superior Court.

Sterling was held on $100,000 bond while Cozart was held on $10,000 bond.

Police say that they received a complaint on November 21 from a Wal- Mart security guard that the numbers on the card the two men were attempting to use did not match the identifying features on the card.

Police arriving at the store found Cozart with seven counterfeit credit cards and the receipts from several purchases he had made with the bogus cards.

Police said that Sterling and a third unknown man had fled the store, but they picked Sterling up in the store's parking lot. He was found with three bogus credit cards and a quantity of controlled substances.

The men refused to cooperate, police say, and provided them with false and misleading information during the investigation.

They were each charged with unlawful reproduction of a credit card, interfering with an officer and conspiracy.

Sterling was also charged with possession of marijuana.

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