arrested on three felonies
By TOM KANE
- Actor Richard Castellano was arrested at a Tusten Court appearance
Friday and escorted to jail by state police.
who appeared in the movie "Analyze This" with Robert DeNiro, was
remanded to the Sullivan County Jail and charged with three felony
counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree. Bail was set by Tusten
Town Justice Ralph Huebner at $25,000.
that led to Castellano's arrest arose from promises to provide waivers
for submission for a Screen Actors Guild card for Carmen Surace,
Matthew Nelson and Armondo Bilancione in exchange for money. The
complainants never got the card and Castellano allegedly spent the
District Attorney Stephen Lungen said that there were more charges
possible against Castellano. "We are waiting for potential victims
to come forward," Lungen said.
what's happening here," Castellano said during his court appearance.
Huebner said Castellano has 16 civil cases for non-payment of debts
pending against him in Tusten: 14 by members of the camera crew
that worked on his movie "Four Deadly Reasons," another by former
owners of the Chatterbox Restaurant Jim and Janet Syre and Deb Ireland,
his previous attorney.
were scheduled for Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Tusten.
also faces several criminal charges. He must appear Friday, August
25 at 10:00 a.m. in the Tusten Town Court for an alleged assault
on Robert Schaffer, a Narrowsburg resident. Castellano has another
criminal case in the Village of Monticello Court for a bounced check
to Budget Rent-a-Car.
criminal case is pending regarding bounced checks given to John
Borg, a Narrowsburg chicken farmer. Castellano allegedly has only
repaid $5,570 out of a debt of $150,000.
"He's a con
artist," Borg said. "I gave him all my savings."
Attorney Robert Zangler addressed Justice Huebner in Tusten Town
court, saying, "The county is asking for $25,000 bail, your honor,
because of money owed to so many people in the community and because
he did not show at the court hearing last week."
said he agreed with the assistant district attorney's request because
there was a danger Castellano would flee. Huebner said Castellano
owns nothing in the town, rents his house and leases his vehicle.
claimed he was assaulted by two men in his driveway late at night
on Wednesday before the court appearance and had to be tended by
a doctor in New York City. He was an hour late for his Tusten court
appearance because he was at the City of Middletown Court responding
to charges that a phone bill was not paid. Castellano claimed he
had paid the bill and the phone company made a mistake. "The Middletown
judge adjourned the case in contemplation of a dismissal," said
his attorney, Steven Vegliante of Woodridge. Vegliante explained
that the court would dismiss after six months if he didn't renege
on any future payments.
the court that Castellano was asking for assistance from Legal Aid
since Vegliante was not a trial lawyer and Castellano did not have
the money to pay for one.
will remain in the county jail until a bail bond company agrees
to pay his bail, Huebner said. Castellano was still in jail at the
time of publication.