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Man Nailed For Impersonating Officer May Have Stopped Others In Area

Joseph A. Maffettone, 25
Joseph A. Maffettone, 25 Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriff's Office

Local deputies are asking area motorists if they have been pulled over by a 25-year-old man recently arrested for impersonating a police officer.

Joseph A. Maffettone of Putnam Valley was arrested on Feb. 16 on charges of impersonating a police officer after the Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a report from a woman who said she was pulled over by a man pretending to be a police officer.

Maffettone, who was driving a GMC truck with flashing blue lights, was arrested on Feb. 16, after pulling over the woman on Oscawana Lake Road, the sheriff's office said.

He told the woman that he worked with the Peekskill Police Department and that he had pulled her over because she crossed the double line. The suspicious woman asked him for identification, but Maffettone refused to produce any and left, deputies said.

After an investigation, at about 11:35 p.m., Investigator Paul Piazza stopped a vehicle, matching the description, on Oscawana Lake Road. Piazza determined Maffettone was the same person who pulled over the woman earlier that day, deputies said.

He was charged with criminal impersonation and released.

Anyone who may have been stopped by Maffettone is asked to contact Piazza at 845 225-8060.

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