Brian O’Neill, 52, was arraigned at Nassau County Court in Mineola on Jan. 28 following grand jury indictments stemming from his arrest on Nov. 7, 2011.
At that time, O’Neill and three other suspects — Arthur Corso and John Amabile, both of Island Park; and Richard Gould of Baldwin — were arrested while search warrants were executed at O’Neill’s home on Minnesota Avenue as part of a narcotic and loan sharking enterprise investigation by the Long Beach and Nassau County police departments, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to Lt. Eric Cregeen, an LBPD spokesman. As a result of the investigation, police seized three automobiles and more than $100,000 in cash.
O'Neill was charged with two class C Felonies, five class E Felonies, and one class A misdemeanor at his arraignment. His bail was continued at $50,000 bond over $25,000 cash. O'Neill is due back in County Court Feb. 13.
"This is another example of a collective effort by law enforcement agencies that resulted in a successful end to this criminal enterprise, and we are confident that the end result will be a conviction,” said LBPD Commissioner Michael Tangney.
The LBPD report that Amabile pled guilty to second-degree criminal usury and was sentenced to Probation; Gould pled guilty to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana and received an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal; and Corso pled guilty to second-degree attempted criminal usury and was sentenced to time served with a conditional discharge and an asset forfeiture judgment in the amount of $1,827.