The Mattituck whistleblower who exposed a man accused of serenading and then breaking the hearts of women with a ruse that he was a U.S. marshal has a criminal history herself, records and law enforcement sources said.
Pamela Brown, 39, started the Web site www.off2hunt.com to tell how she was conned by her experience with Rick Kudlik, arrested Tuesday by real U.S. marshals on charges of possessing counterfeit marshal gear. But she herself served 106 days in Nassau County jail in 2004 for a forgery conviction, a sentence violation and failure to pay, records show.
In late 2003, court documents show, she wrote bogus checks to herself totaling over $3,500 when she served as assistant controller for Legend Nissan in Syosset.
Two months after her April 30, 2004, release, she was re- arrested on a grand larceny charge. Information on the case outcome was not available Friday.
That’s not all.
Brown, who chided Kudlik for dishonesty, has used two aliases, jail officials said. She was convicted of forgery the first time in 1995 and received a one-year conditional discharge, and forgery and petty larceny in 1997 for writing $4,000 worth of checks to herself from her former employer, Zeppelin Electric of Holbrook. She later violated her three-year probation sentence, records show.
She also has civil court judgments against her, one stemming from an incident in which she refused to pay rent on a Selden apartment and another where she skipped medical payments to a Port Jefferson physician, records show.
But Brown’s attorney said her past has nothing to do with her good deed: exposing an accused law enforcement impersonator.
“It seems like these people are trying to mix one thing with another and blame this woman for doing something admirable,” said Michael Lamonsoff, of Manhattan. “The bigger issue is how this guy is able to walk around with fake badges for a federal agency … and all this paraphernalia in a post-9/11 world.”
Lamonsoff said that Brown acknowledges her past misdeeds and is remorseful.
One former friend who contacted Newsday said that he credits Brown with turning in Kudlik, but accused her of failing to pay off a debt to him.
“I commend her for reporting him for impersonating a U.S. marshal,” said Vincent Lawrence of Huntington. “She and I were friends. She told me she needed to borrow $600 to pay her rent at the end of 2004. Come August, I still didn’t get the money from her. Finally, I took her to court. I’m still waiting to get paid.”
[Illustration] Caption: 1) COVER PHOTO BY PABLO GARCIA CORRADI – Pamela Brown of Mattituck, who says she was conned by a man posing as a U.S. marshal, has several convictions and has used two aliases, officials said. 2) PHOTO BY PABLO GARCIA CORRADI – Pamela Brown of Mattituck served 106 days in Nassau County jail in 2004 for a forgery conviction, a sentence violation and failure to pay, records show.; Her Tangled Web. Woman who helped bust alleged phony marshal has past convictions for forgery, theft. COVER PHOTO BY PABLO GARCIA CORRADI – Pamela Brown of Mattituck, who says she was conned by a man posing as a U.S. marshal, has several convictions and has used two aliases, officials said.
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