STATEN ISLAND — A Staten Island man with an alleged history of fraud was arrested by fire marshals for impersonating an EMS lieutenant, according to the FDNY.
Authorities said Robert Schnepf, 45, was seen wearing an EMS lieutenant uniform, and is believed to have deceived numerous local businesses on Staten Island while wearing it and flashing a badge, according to the FDNY. He allegedly swindled businesses out of money, goods and services, the FDNY said.
“It is a complete abuse of public trust for someone to impersonate a public servant,” said Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “Members of this department are proud to represent an agency that people can count on in their time of need. We and our partners in the prosecutor’s office and law enforcement alike will not tolerate any situation where someone is in the community falsely representing themselves for personal gain.”
Niro said Schnepf used the alias "Lt. Hart."
Schnepf — aside from his history of defrauding businesses impersonating an EMS worker, as alleged by the FDNY — has a history of making headlines.
Back in 2009, PIX11 News heard from a woman hired to be Schnepf's personal assistant; she claimed Schnepf asked her to doctor a false bank statement, so she quit. He never paid her, she said.
"He's quite a con artist," his mother said in a previous interview with PIX11.
In 2017, PIX11 reported that Schnepf was allegedly hired to renovate a New Jersey man's house, but didn't have proper paperwork, according to the homeowner.
The construction site was later shut down and Schnepf allegedly took off with the money the homeowner gave him to renovate the home, the homeowner said at the time.