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NY Businessman Charged in Sandy Forgery Case

by Associated Press
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Businessman is accused of trying to dupe Long Island homeowners.

A New York businessman is facing felony forgery and other charges in an alleged Superstorm Sandy scam.

Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice says Mark Rauch was arrested Tuesday. The Oceanside contractor is accused of doctoring a Town of Hempstead mailing that portrayed him as authorized to expedite building permits for Sandy repair work.

He indicated the fee for his services was $499. Hempstead officials, however, had previously announced that all fees had been waived in the wake of the storm.

He is accused of sending it to 2,000 homeowners. Prosecutors say it does not appear Rauch collected any fees from anyone.

He was facing arraignment in district court. His attorney did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Rauch faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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