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Employment scam leads to arrest

ROOSEVELT – Police are investigating a scheme to defraud that occurred in Roosevelt last October.

According to detectives, Darin Poole, 50, of 48 W Clinton Ave., Roosevelt, while on Nassau Rd., was engaged in a conversation with a female victim, 50, and told her that he was employed by Time Warner Cable and would be able to get her a job.  The defendant subsequently advised her that she would have to give him $120, which would cover the cost of application and fingerprinting fees.  The victim, who is unemployed, agreed and later that day met with the defendant and gave him the money. 

The victim advised the defendant that her family members and friends, who were also unemployed, would be interested in jobs.  Six additional victims either met with the defendant or wired him money after being promised jobs.  After not hearing from the defendant, a victim contacted Time Warner Cable and was advised that the defendant did not work there.  The victim attempted to reach the defendant with negative results and then contacted police.

On Saturday, First Squad detectives arrested Poole while at 100 Centre St. in Manhattan.  He is charged with scheme to defraud 1st degree and was scheduled for arraignment on Sunday.