Police have told community leaders that car firebombings that rattled a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn were probably an insurance scam, and not a hate crime, the Daily News has learned.
Vandals on Nov. 11 torched three cars in Midwood, tried to set a fourth afire and scrawled messages of hate — swastikas, KKK and “f--- the Jews” — on a nearby van and benches.
...But police sources said investigators now believe the graffiti was probably scrawled in a ruse to make the firebombings look like an act of hate.
“We’re investigating the possibility that some of the evidence was manufactured to make this look like a bias crime,’’ one source said.
Another source said investigators are “pretty certain” the cars were torched so someone could collect insurance money.
“We don’t think it’s about hating Jews,’’ the second source said.
Read full article: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hate-firebombings-insurance-scam-cops-article-1.1004283
And speaking about scams, here is one about a teacher who tried to scam the system.
Her spelling was so atrocious, it was downright criminal.
A veteran Manhattan educator was busted for allegedly forging a jury-duty letter with so many errors that it raised red flags when she used it to excuse more than a dozen school absences.
Mona Lisa Tello, 60, a bilingual-science teacher at the HS of Graphic Communication Arts in Hell’s Kitchen, was arrested this week on three felony counts of forgery related to her grade-A screw-up.
Tello channeled an errant third-grader rather than a 13-year teaching veteran when she misspelled “trial” as “trail,” “cited” as “sited,” and “manager” as “manger” in a careless note on fake letterhead from Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/bad_spell_gets_teach_busted_bvwZ277lq6ERyPkCDFtXrJ#ixzz1j9E3HMkL