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Sep 29, 2010 10:15 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Woman pleads not guilty to grand larceny and writing bad checks to East End businesses

Sep 29, 2010 10:15 AM

A 63-year-old woman accused of grand larceny and riding a wave of bad checks on the East End last summer has pleaded not guilty to all seven charges in Suffolk County Criminal Court, after she was extradited from central New Jersey on a warrant last week after being arrested there recently.

Nydia Vega, whose last known address, according to authorities, was on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of grand larceny in the third degree and one in the fourth degree, all felonies, and four counts of issuing a bad check, a misdemeanor, at her arraignment. She is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail in the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.

Law enforcement records indicate Ms. Vega used 17 aliases, four Social Security numbers and two dates of birth, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office. East End police have said reports of her aliases have included the prominent family surname Rothschild, as well as names such Neubauer and Reeves.

At least two East End police departments, Southampton Village and Westhampton Beach Village, had issued warrants for Ms. Vega’s arrest, and Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze said his department had listed her as a “person of interest” in a case file that includes claims of $1,900 worth of unpaid bills to the Long Island Power Authority, as well as accusations of bad checks totaling more than $30,000 to a local limousine service, a landscaping nursery, a motorcycle dealership and a car repair shop in 2009. He said she has also been accused 
of illegally using an Eastport man’s credit card in September 2008.

The count of grand larceny in the third degree accuses Ms. Vega of stealing more than $3,000 worth of assorted merchandise from Hildreth’s Patio Store in Southampton Village in May 2009. Police Chief William Wilson Jr. said she is accused of issuing four bad checks, totaling $31,421, to purchase indoor and outdoor furniture, as well as linens and other goods and services, and that more than half the merchandise was eventually recovered from Ms. Vega’s Westhampton rental home last summer.

The second count of grand larceny in the third degree accuses Ms. Vega of stealing a motorcycle valued at more than $3,000 from Eastern Harley Davidson in Riverhead.

The count of grand larceny in the fourth degree charges that she stole more than $1,000 worth of lingerie from Anezka Jureskova in Westhampton Beach last May. Westhampton Beach Village Police Detective Ed Hamor said Ms. Vega is accused of issuing a bad check at Sweet Anezka’s Lingerie on Main Street in that village for $2,460.

Ms. Vega was arrested in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in August, reportedly for skipping out on a dinner tab.

Since her bail hearing, another Southampton Village business has reported to police that it was a victim of Ms. Vega. According to Village Police records, the owner of Ana’s Clothing Store on Jobs Lane told police on Friday that a woman now known to her as Ms. Vega issued a bad check for $912.33 on September 13, 2009.

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Sorry for everyone who got duped here since September 2008 according to the article (two years!).

It might be time to tighten up your credit screening and check approval process!

Why did it take so long to have this behaviour to get on the radar screen, in this age of instant access to electronic information?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 23, 10 4:05 PM
I guess you like to think you can go for good old fashioned trust to a certain extent...
The east end draws these kinds of people unfortunately...
Sorry to the businesses that lost money. Who would think a granny would do this?
By kseal (37), southampton on Sep 23, 10 5:29 PM
I worked at SAKs when I was in college...
there was an older Belgian women and her daughter...both very well dressed.
The 60+ women would put things in her purse and 5 minutes later the daughter returned them for cash...
High end community brings high end criminals...
By kseal (37), southampton on Sep 23, 10 5:33 PM
Innocent, until proven guilty.

Fact remains, we as "a society of our peers", have engineered the current society in which we exist.


Most likely.

Necessary for creative means toward "survival" on the "East End", most likely...

The "Wall St. elite", have bred this type of 'criiminal".
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 24, 10 1:45 AM
Innocent until proven guilty?? Okay, 17 aliases, 4 surnames, 2 SS numbers, etc! And this crook has the nerve to plead "not guilty"! I love the comments "creative means toward 'survival' on the East End...how about just getting off the East End, since this woman does not live here! Puh-leeze.
By nauti lady (25), Sag Harbor on Sep 24, 10 10:49 AM
The theft of lingerie does not sit well with the picture. The Harley, maybe, but not the lingerie.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 24, 10 10:52 AM
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You had to go there? !!!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 24, 10 1:56 PM
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By ahhhndrea (25), Southampton on Sep 24, 10 11:30 AM
i met this woman on many occasions. she came to the restaurant i ran. the article doesnt even touch upon the story. she always looked polished and tried to mingle with everyone. picked up tabs on dinner for 15 people. went to all the charity functions and wrote big checks to everyone. drove porcshe's and jag's. she looked the part. for one season she had us all.
By appleman (3), westhampton beach on Sep 24, 10 11:32 AM
If she looked the part, they must have taken this picture at her worst. Why do people always manage to look crazy in mug shots?
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Sep 25, 10 9:00 AM
It's about time ! If you only knew the stories that would come out of her mouth. Oh, and I really miss my harley !
By captain 427 (1), eastmoriches on Sep 25, 10 11:32 AM
Hopefully the judge wont take a check from her as bail and let her out!!! haha now shes gonna live the Great life...in jail
By thetruth (9), hampton bays on Sep 25, 10 2:25 PM
She was in my store last summer going under the name of "Nydia". I remember
being glad that I didn't take her check because my neighbor did and it bounced
several times. I hope that the justice system come down hard on her. I remember
a few years back there was a mother & daughter team running around stealing
from all the shops in town, everyone knew who they were but nothing was ever done about it.
By patricia (8), southampton on Sep 27, 10 7:00 AM
she stole tens of thousands. the mayor of quogue stole millions from his clients. who do you think will end up serving more time in jail?

just sayin'
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Sep 30, 10 1:31 PM
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Guess it would help if her hubby was a judge.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Oct 2, 10 5:13 PM
Hope she rips off a stylist
By Hambone (514), New York on Oct 3, 10 12:48 PM
She came out here from New York City

To steal thing to make her look pretty

Her yearning for glamour

Lands her in the slammer

Where she will receive little pity
By loading... (601), quiogue on Oct 4, 10 9:55 AM
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By loading... (601), quiogue on Oct 4, 10 9:55 AM