A 63-year-old woman accused of writing thousands of dollars in bad checks to East End businesses, including a motorcycle dealer in Riverhead last year, is being held on $50,000 cash bail at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.
Nydia Vega pleaded not guilty in county criminal court last week.
Ms. Vega bounced a check when purchasing an $18,900 motorcycle from Eastern Harley Davidson on Route 58 in Riverhead in May 2009, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. She allegedly had intended to give the motorcycle as payment for work being performed on her Westhampton Beach rental home.
Authorities also said she had passed bad checks at Hildreth’s Patio in Southampton and Sweet Anezka Lingerie in Westhampton Beach. She had told the clerk at the lingerie shop her husband had just died and she was making the purchases to cheer herself up, prosecutors said.
Ms. Vega was nabbed after she was caught trying to skip out on a meal in Monmouth, N.J., officials said. She is now facing a slew of larceny charges, including two counts of third-degree grand larceny.
“Our investigation has found evidence that the defendant wrote bad checks for everything from new patio furniture to over $2,000 in lingerie,” Mr. Spota said. “Additional charges are likely.”
Ms. Vega’s attorney, Susan Ambro of the Legal Aid Society, did not return calls seeking comment.
Ms. Vega also goes by the aliases Nydia Neubauer, Nydia Vega Reeves, Nydia Rothschild and Lucy George, authorities said.