Putnam Valley Man Charged with Impersonating Cop

Allegedly pulled woman over, claiming traffic violation

Joseph Maffettone

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 25-year-old Putnam Valley man on charges of impersonating a police officer.

Joseph A. Maffettone was arrested on Feb. 16 after a report from a woman who said a man driving a GMC vehicle with a flashing blue light pulled her car over at 1:40 a.m. on Oscawana Lake Road. The man reportedly told the driver that he worked with the Peekskill Police Department and that he had pulled her over because she crossed the double line; when she asked to see his identification, he left.

At about 11:35 p.m., Investigator Paul Piazza stopped a GMC on Oscawana Lake Road. Maffettone was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation in the first degree, a felony. He was released but ordered to return to Putnam Valley Justice Court. The Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest on March 20.

Anyone who thinks he or she has been stopped by Maffettone should call Piazza at 845-225-8060.

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