Ex-sergeant convicted of larceny, acquitted of hate crimes

CENTRAL ISLIP - A former Suffolk police sergeant accused of targeting and stealing from Latino motorists has been found not guilty on hate crime charges.

Despite acquitting him on the most serious charges, the jury did find Scott Greene guilty of two felony counts of grand larceny and three counts of official misconduct.

Greene was facing 21 grand jury charges. The former sergeant was caught on video during a 2014 sting operation conducted by police and the Suffolk district attorney. In the video, he can be seen stealing $100 from an undercover officer posing as an undocumented immigrant.

He retired shortly after his arrest.

Greene's attorney Scott Gross says the verdict is consistent with what the defense had been saying during the trial.

"This was not and never was and never has been a hate crime," Gross told News 12.

Greene has also been indicted on similar charges from another set of alleged victims. He was also named in a forthcoming federal civil rights suit related to the targeting case.

Greene was ordered to be held without bond. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 16.

 

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