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WLNG
April 12, 2006

MacLeod Sentenced: Sought In More States


Tristan MacLeod, 35, of Maspeth, Queens, pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, class D felonies, last Thursday. Represented by legal aid, MacLeod was sentenced to two to four years in prison. He is still wanted in two other states.

According to police, MacLeod withdrew over $84,000 from playwright Wilfrid Sheed's bank account and charged in excess of $30,000 on his credit cards purchasing electronic equipment that he later sold at a profit. MacLeod was living with Sheed and his wife, Miriam Ungerer for about 10 months in their home in North Haven. He traded assistance for room and board plus a small stipend. The couple discovered they had been robbed after MacLeod moved out last October.

Mr. Sheed's daughter introduced MacLeod to the Sheeds after he allegedly told her he had a brain tumor and was homeless, a story now believed to be fictitious. She had hoped he could provide the disabled couple with home care assistance because her father was wheelchair-bound from polio he contracted as a kid, and his wife was bedridden after a serious fall.

Southampton Town Police detectives, with the help of the New York Police Department detectives from Midtown South, arrested MacLeod at his home on November 17 after an intensive and lengthy investigation.

Police discovered that MacLeod was wanted in Virginia and Massachusetts for similar crimes. He is accused of breaking and entering in Massachusetts, the equivalent of a felony in New York, making him a prior felony offender and eligible for a minimum sentence of two to four years in prison.

When MacLeod finishes his sentence, the Department of Corrections will weigh the criminal charges in each state and remand him to whichever one is more onerous.

Born in South Dakota, MacLeod was working in Manhattan at Get Em Handbags at the time of his arrest. Police say he used at least 12 different aliases, including "Simon MacLeod," "Raven Thunderhawk," "Raven MacLeod," "Nico Carabetta," "Stephen Cookman," "Mark Prew," and "Nico Gambino."

At the sentencing, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Donna Planty submitted a prepared statement by Miriam Sheed. "This man's robbing rampage has left us nearly penniless and with huge bills he incurred in my husband's name," she wrote.

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