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Nov. 15, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced today that Gabriel Young (DOB 02/05/90) of 20 Secor Place, Yonkers, NY was sentenced to one to three years in state prison after having pled guilty on Oct. 11, 2016 of:

  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony.

On Dec. 1, 2015, at the Best Buy located on Central Avenue in Hartsdale, New York, co-defendant Omar Hidalgo entered the store with a forged Georgia driver’s license bearing his picture but the name Daniel Lopez and a forged credit card in the same name, and attempted to purchase an iPad. 

Greenburgh Police were onsite and were approached by the store manager, who had examined the license and credit card and determined them to be suspect. Officers also examined the documents and determined them to be fraudulent.

Hidalgo exited Best Buy and approached a locked vehicle where he was joined by defendant Gabriel Young who had just the exited Smash Burger restaurant carrying bags of food. Young operated the vehicle while Hidalgo was a passenger. 

Co-defendant Hidalgo was taken out of the vehicle and the forged license, as well as multiple forged credit cards, were located in his wallet.  Young was taken out of the car and when police searched the vehicle, they found in between the driver’s seat and the console, a cell phone, four forged credit cards and some cash. 

After the car was impounded and a further search was conducted, police found eighty-three forged credit cards under the passenger floor, together with a forged Connecticut license. One of the forged cards recovered from the passenger floor area was used by Young to purchase food in the Smash Burger.   

The car had been rented by co-defendant Hidalgo.  Also recovered were multiple purchases of PS4 game systems as well as dozens of high dollar value gift cards. 

Police also recovered cell phones and a lap top from the vehicle. After a search warrant was issued, a search of the computer found multiple credit card “dumps” representing hundreds, possibly thousands of stolen credit card numbers purchased on the dark web. 

On Sept. 8, 2016, co-defendant Omar Hildago pled guilty to:

  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony.

He is due to be sentenced on Nov. 29, 2016.

Young was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco and Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Lee of the Investigations Division prosecuted the case.