Police: Manhattan man posed as fire marshal to steal money from Nassau businesses

According to police, the incidents occurred between Feb. 22, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2022.

Christine Amante

Jun 7, 2023, 9:46 AM

Updated 322 days ago

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Police say a Manhattan man is accused of posing as a fire marshal and duping Nassau County businesses into paying money for fines and inspection fees.
According to police, the incidents occurred between Feb. 22, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2022.
Police say Michael Carrion, 57, visited multiple businesses and fraudulently identified himself as a fire marshal, firefighter, or fire investigator. According to police, Carrion would conduct fraudulent inspections and provide invoices for the inspections or fines imposed.
Carrion was identified by police and arrested without incident. 
Police say Carrion visited the following locations:
Feb. 22, 2020 - Gourmet Bake Shop in New Hyde Park. After the inspection presented an invoice for $476.90 and collected payment.
Feb. 18, 2022 - Sobol Restaurant on Merrick Road in Rockville Centre. After the inspection took a payment for $476.60.
Feb. 18, 2022 - Dunkin Donuts on North Village Avenue in Rockville Centre. After the inspection took a payment for $230.
Feb. 19, 2022 - Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen located at Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream. After the inspection presented invoices for $970.70 and collected payment.
Aug. 31, 2022 - AAC Convenience Store in Great Neck. After the inspection presented invoices for $1,070 and collected payment.
Carrion is charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud, and four counts of petit larceny.
Police are asking anyone who feels they may have been a victim to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or call 911.


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