CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A former Suffolk County police sergeant was back in court Tuesday facing dozens of new charges of stealing from Hispanic drivers during traffic stops.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, 20 more alleged victims have accused Scott Greene of stealing from them, bringing the total number to 26. The retired cop was arraigned in Central Islip on Tuesday on 60 new counts, including grand larceny as a hate crime.
The sergeant, who prosecutors say was making more than $150,000 a year, is accused of pulling over Hispanic drivers, searching their vehicles and stealing whatever cash he could find.
Just as he did with the original batch of charges, Greene pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho allowed him to remain free on his own recognizance.
Neither Greene nor his attorney spoke to reporters while leaving the courthouse.
Greene, a 25-year veteran, was arrested Jan. 31 during an undercover sting operation. He was caught on surveillance video allegedly taking $100 cash from the front seat of a car driven by a Hispanic undercover detective.
Greene, 50, retired in April.
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