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N.Y. firefighter indicted for impersonating NYPD officer

The Suffolk County DA said the now-former volunteer with the Wading River Fire Department arrived for work wearing what appeared to be a police uniform


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By Leila Merrill
Editorial Staff

WADING RIVER, N.Y. — A now-former volunteer firefighter was indicted Tuesday for impersonating an NYPD officer, 1010 WINS reported.

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said that Mary Ortega, 46, allegedly arrived for shifts and responded to a fire call wearing what appeared to be an NYPD uniform. He also said she admitted to buying a forged NYPD ID card and shield, News12 reported.

Ortega faces “three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, three counts of first-degree falsifying business records, three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and second-degree criminal impersonation,” 1010 WINS reported.

The Wading River Fire Department suspended her in May while investigating her claim about working for the NYPD.

Her next court date is March 9.