Wannabe cop going to jail | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Wannabe cop going to jail

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Scam artist Daniel J. McCarthy of Tamiment, Pa., drew an 11- to 23-month sentence Monday for writing bad checks to a local couple.

McCarthy posed as a heroic, Sept. 11 New York City police officer in Lake Tahoe and his wedding was featured in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

McCarthy twice duped a Chestnuthill couple into taking $2,450 checks in April.

Monroe County Judge Peter J. O’Brien also sentenced McCarthy to make restitution.

McCarthy has been known as Stephen Gerli, Fernando Gonzalez, Calvin Miller and Daniel Amaty. He posed as a homicide detective from Brooklyn in Lake Tahoe and gave the fake story to the Chestnut Hill couple.

After he completes his sentence in Monroe County Correctional Facility, three states want him for questioning. Georgia has accused the Pike County resident of violating probation.

McCarthy was arrested April 23 when Randall and Debra Dixon of Chestnuthill called State Police to report McCarthy gave them two bum checks.

A criminal background check showed McCarthy was arrested in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Georgia and by the FBI for various thefts, frauds, forgeries and bad check charges, according to police reports

Prison records in Georgia show McCarthy was sentenced to three years in prison there for forgery and was released on April 4, 1995.

He was arrested in Ohio and served a year in prison there for passing bad checks and was released Jan. 13, 2001.

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