RIVERHEAD, NY (WCBS 880) – In a green jumpsuit and with her hands cuffed behind her back, Nydia Vega did not look anything like the glamorous heiress authorities say she told people she was in the Hamptons in 2009.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

That’s when Suffolk County prosecutor Jodi Franzese says Vega, using one of her 17 aliases, scammed eight people by giving them bad checks.

“She’s been a professional conwoman,” Franzese told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall. “She’s been doing the same kind of scenario. She’s been passing bad checks, pretending she’s a millionaire, and the checks are never good.”

Vega pleaded not guilty in a Long Island courtroom on Tuesday.

Franzese says Vega has been scamming people for more than 30 years, and because she has been convicted many times, she could receive life behind bars if found guilty on these latest charges against her.

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