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5 Charged With Submitting Fake Letters To Clarkstown Court

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced this week that five people were facing forgery charges for submitting false community service letters to Clarkstown Justice Court.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced this week that five people were facing forgery charges for submitting false community service letters to Clarkstown Justice Court. Photo Credit: Rockland County

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N. Y. -- Five Rockland residents -- four from Ramapo and one from Haverstraw -- are facing felony forgery charges after Rockland County District Attorney's officials found letters stating each person had completed community service were not valid, officials said.

Each letter was given to the Clarkstown Justice Court, and indicated that court-ordered community service had been met for each person, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe. In each case, investigators determined letters stating completion were forged, officials said.

Maria Pagliaroli, 22, of Western Highway, Blauvelt; Brandi Bourguignon, 19, of Kennedy Drive, Spring Valley; Keesha Civil, 19, of Seabring Street, Spring Valley; Stephanie Cumberbatch, 24, of Broad Street, Haverstraw; and Shaquille Craddock, 22, of Durante Court, New Hempstead, have all been charged with second-degree forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument, officials said. Both charges are Class D felonies.

“Community service represents an important obligation for those sentenced to complete it,” Zugibe said. “Faking proof of completion is a serious offense, leading to criminal consequences, and in some cases, increased sentences.”

Pagliaroli, who had been sentenced to 25 hours of community service, submitted a letter on Tappan Zee High School stationery stating she performed 24 hours of service to the football team, officials said. No record of the service exists at the high school, officials said.

Bourguignon and Civil were co-defendants in an earlier case, amd were sentenced to 50 hours of community service. They submitted letters from the Tropical Restaurant and the United Methodist Church of Spring Valley stating hours were completed, yet neither organization had any record of it, officials said.

Cumberbatch had been sentenced to 50 hours of community service, and submitted a letter of completion from the Tappan Zee Thrift Shop. District attorney's officials determined the letter was forged, officials said.

Craddock had been sentenced to 25 hours of community service, and submitted a letter of completion from the Salvation Army. There was no record of work being done, officials said.

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