Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A West Hempstead attorney was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing more than $5.7 million from clients over a two-year span, Nassau County prosecutors said.David Frankel was charged with seven counts of grand larceny.Prosecutors said that the 50-year-old man withdrew funds from an escrow account containing money belonging to seven realty companies that he represented between 2012 and last year.Frankel allegedly used the money to fund his own unsuccessful investments and to make payments in unrelated real estate transactions, authorities said.Judge Darlene Harris set bail for Frankel at $300,000. He faces up to 25 years in prison, if convicted. He is due back in court Wednesday.
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Any outside hope of a coveted top-four slot almost certainly vanished on Sunday when the Reds failed to overcome a dogged West Ham outfit at Anfield. It is not exactly what was envisaged when Rodgers was installed as manager to replace Kenny Dalglish last summer. But Johnson insists there has been a marked improvement. “Brendan was brought in to rebuild the squad and put Liverpool back into the places that it should be,” said the 28-year-old. Press Association “This season has been a step closer to that. Eight times out of 10 we have dominated games. Sometimes, like against West Ham, we haven’t come away with the points that we deserve. We have battered teams but if we don’t get that early goal, it has given them encouragement.” Statistics back up Johnson’s argument to an extent. An eighth-placed finish last term is likely to become seventh at worst this, and no one at Anfield is giving up on hauling back Everton’s present three-point advantage on the run-in. With 49 points, the Reds are now just three adrift of the tally Kenny Dalglish collected last term, and relegation-threatened Reading and QPR are among their final six opponents. Yet Dalglish won the League Cup last year, and reached the FA Cup final, leaving the actual progress made under Rodgers open to interpretation. “Brendan wants to put us back in the top four but he wasn’t asked to do that in his first season,” said Johnson. “If we improve on last season then it is a step in the right direction, and we have definitely done that. It’s a few things. Look at the squad, the feeling there is around the place, the football we are playing. We won a trophy last season and of course that was fantastic. Everyone wants to win; that’s what we are in the game for. “But in terms of getting Liverpool back where they belong, we want to be back in the top four.” And Johnson is convinced the improvement will continue next season. “I wouldn’t say it has been a season when we have been so close but so far,” said Johnson. “It is clearly a better season than the last one. Brendan will look to improve again in the summer and if we can start nicking the goals we need from games like West Ham, we will be right in amongst it.” Liverpool defender Glen Johnson insists the club have moved forward under Brendan Rodgers.
Pujols then put the game away with his 20th homer of the season. Pujols became the fifth player to reach 20 homers in 17 seasons, joining Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Frank Robinson and Willie Mays.Earlier in the game, Mike Trout had made some history by stealing his 200th base, becoming the youngest player ever to combine 200 steals and 200 homers. Trout, 28, has 283 homers.Although Trout said the milestone was important to him, he added that he’s getting a kick out of watching a rejuvenated Pujols.Over the last 13 games, Pujols has hit. 346, which has raised his season average to .252 with a .756 OPS. Over the previous two years, he hit a combined .243 with a .684 OPS.“All season he’s been great but the last month has been unbelievable,” Trout said. “He’s playing every day, and it’s a good mixture with him with the days off, just keeping him healthy. It’s fun to be a part of and fun to watch.” PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols watches his three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrew Benintendi during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo, left, scores past Boston Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon on a single by Mike Trout during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers throws Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith out at first during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, celebrates his three-run home run as Brian Goodwin, left, and Mike Trout watch, during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Marcus Walden throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo watches his RBI-double against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez tosses his hemet after striking out against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols watches his three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrew Benintendi during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)NextShow Caption1 of 9Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrew Benintendi during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ExpandANAHEIM — A night after Albert Pujols played all 15 innings, Brad Ausmus checked with his 39-year-old twice to see if he was OK to play first again on Saturday.“I know he’s going to tell me he feels great, regardless,” Ausmus said. “Usually I talk to guys face to face, and I can tell by the body language. He was adamant that he felt good. I guess he was right.”Pujols had a double and a homer, a three-run shot that capped the Angels’ seven-run eighth inning in their come-from-behind 10-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.Dillon Peters gave them a quality start, allowing three earned runs in 6-1/3 innings, but he left trailing 4-3. The Angels erased that with an eighth-inning explosion, including a game-tying RBI single by Andrelton Simmons, then an RBI double by David Fletcher and a two-run single by Brian Goodwin. On Friday night Pujols had his first four-hit game since 2017, playing all of a marathon game that ended just after 12:30 a.m.Still, he was ready to go again on Saturday.“I feel real good,” Pujols said. “I try to work my butt off during the offseason and my routine in the weight room four days a week. We have a pretty good routine and know when and when not to push it.”Pujols guessed that the last time he felt this good going into September was 2011, his last year with the Cardinals.“It hasn’t been good since I left St. Louis, but I work hard and don’t take anything for granted,” Pujols said.Last year his season ended early because of surgery, which seemed to be the result of playing 70 games at first base, to leave the DH spot open for Shohei Ohtani.This year, Pujols has already started 85 games at first. Overall, he’s played about 75 percent of the Angels games.“The durability has been phenomenal,” Ausmus said. “I didn’t expect him to be this healthy. I do think he’s done an excellent job of taking caring himself in the weight room. He’ll probably fight me on this but I think giving him days off helps him as well with rest.”Pujols showed how fresh his legs are in the third inning Saturday, when he dropped a soft hit into right field and hustled all the way to second to get a double out of it. He then tagged up on a fly ball to get to third.Although Pujols obviously is still far from the level of his heyday in St. Louis, he has given the Angels a boost by being as productive as he has. The Angels have Pujols under contract for two more years.It would certainly help if Pujols could keep himself healthy and in shape enough to at least remain at the level he’s found this season.“Injuries happen,” he said. “I got in shape and do the things I had to do. Work my way in spring training. Try to execute during the season. I don’t want to go crazy. I know what I can do when I’m healthy.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Mr. Joseph Daffa Wiles, the manager of Greenville Port in Sinoe County where the alleged wreck was removed, yesterday told Criminal Court ‘C’ that he was finding it difficult to testify against his former boss, Matilda Parker, whose confidence he said he has enjoyed.Mr. Wiles, who testified as prosecution’s third witness, said Madam Parker in 2009 appointed him to his previous post.“I acted as port manager when one of our managers refused to take the assignment in Greenville and was dismissed in 2008. Then in 2009, Madam Parker confirmed me as port manager,” he recounted.Wiles almost broke down in tears when he said, “And so, it is a difficult day for me to have to be a witness in a trial involving my former boss, Madam Parker, whose confidence I enjoyed.” He consoled himself by saying “So I pray that God gives me the strength to say the truth and nothing, but the truth.” When he was asked by a state lawyer whether he has knowledge about wreck removal at his port by Denmar Enterprise, allegedly owned by Liberian businessman, Deneah Martin Flomo, Wiles responded: “I did not receive any communication from the NPA management telling me that Denmar Enterprise was going to remove wreck in my port.”Wiles further said that it was in January 2011 when Buchanan Renewable Energy (BRE) managed to lift a smaller piece of sinking vessel from the port.He said in 2012, another company identified as G-4 also removed a piece of the sinking vessel, but that “the larger part of the vessel is still lying in the basin in the port.”He explained how BRE and G-4 were both contracted to do the piece of work they did at the Port of Greenville. “The name Deneah Martin Flomo was never mentioned to me either by my management or the BRE to be associated with the work that they did there or they were doing there in January 2011.”“I have never been in contact with any man called Martin Flomo in the Port of Greenville or anywhere else in Liberia,” the prosecuting witness said.Parker and her Comptroller Christiana Kpabar Paelay are being tried for their roles in awarding two contracts in the amount of US$837,950 to Denmar Enterprise for the removal of sinking vessels from the Port of Greenville and to provide security consultancy to port security, for which prosecutors claimed the money was paid but the work was never performed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)