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BPD Break up Scam as it's Happening

Buffalo Police Detectives are investigating a Maryland man, believed to have bilked local residents out of cash, with the promise of a decent job. 31 year old Neeraj Sharma, of Laurel, MD was arrested in downtown Buffalo Thursday night, running from a person who accused him of bilking him out of his money. Sex Offense Squad Detectives Jeffery Rinaldo and David Kobler happened to notice the activity near the Hyatt Hotel and took Sharma into custody.

Police believe that Sharma placed local ads seeking drivers and offering $18 to $25 per hour. Prospective drivers were instructed to call "Rick" and make arrangements to meet. The victims would have to pay an application fee , with the promise of employment at Destiny Escorts. "There was no company known as Destiny Escorts, and no jobs for drivers, as offered," said Chief of Detectives, Dennis J. Richards.

Further investigation led to a scheme to defraud over a dozen local citizens. Late Thursday evening Buffalo detectives were conferring with Amherst police, since Sharma may have also operated out of that town.

Detectives Rinaldo and Kobler were assisted by General Investigation Unit Sergeant Sherry Kiszewski and Police Officer Robert W. Yeates of the northwest district, in the investigation and arrest of Sharma.

Police also believe that Sharma may have perpetrated a similar scam in the state of Ohio.

Buffalo police charged him late Thursday with scheme to defraud in the first degree, criminal impersonation in the 2nd degree, and grand larceny in the 4th degree.

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