SCPD-Man Arrested for Defrauding Victims in Vehicle Scam

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Suffolk County Police arrested a man for multiple charges relating to a scam during which he took money from victims with the false promise of delivering vehicles on Thursday September 28, 2017.

Between December 2016 and September 2017, Emmanuel Amaral advertised cars for sale on Craigslist. Numerous victims paid Amaral anywhere between $3,000 and $24,000 for a vehicle and waited several months for delivery of their vehicle, which never occurred. In one case, Amaral scammed a victim he met while in line at a bagel shop and in another instance he defrauded a victim he met an elementary school event. Amaral defrauded victims out of a total of approximately $73,000.

After an investigation by detectives from the Suffolk County Police, Property/Auto Crime Unit, they arrested Amaral in front of his residence located at 10 Maple Lawn Drive, Commack, New York at approximately 2 p.m. today.

Amaral, 48, was charged with seven counts of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, and Scheming to Defraud 1st Degree.

Detectives are asking anyone who feels they may have been victimized by Amaral, who also uses the aliases Manny Balboa and Manny Amaral, to contact the Suffolk County Police, Property/Auto Crime Unit at 631-853-7114.

Amaral was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip, New York on September 28, 2017. 

The investigation is continuing.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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