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NY man found guilty for 2013 strong-arm robbery at Borgata

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A New York State man was convicted of impersonating an FBI agent inside an Atlantic City casino-hotel last year in order to gain entry to a hotel room and rob the occupant, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.

On March 1, 2013 at 3:49 a.m., Atlantic City Police responded to the Borgata Hotel and Casino for a report of a strong-arm robbery that had occurred inside the hotel/casino. Richard Kozakiewicz, of Greensburg, PA, reported that he had been ordered to open his hotel-room door by a man who displayed a badge and identified himself as an FBI agent. Kozakiewicz reported that, once inside, the man demanded money and physically assaulted him when he tried to escape the room.

Kozakiewicz gained his freedom by insisting that he could obtain money for his attacker on the casino floor. Once in the casino, the man took a $500 casino chip from the victim before Kozakiewicz alerted a casino employee to call security.

With the assistance of Borgata Security, police located and arrested Jonathan P. Zembreski, then 32, of the 100 block of Vernon Place, East Northport, NY, inside the casino. Zembreski was charged with robbery and impersonating a public servant or law enforcement officer, and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $200,000 bail set by Municipal Court Judge Henry Warner. Zembreski posted bail later and was released, pending court.

This morning, before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio, a jury found Zembreski guilty of robbery—a 2nd degree crime, burglary—a 3rd degree crime, and impersonating a law enforcement officer, a 4th degree crime.

Judge Donio revoked Zembreski’s bail, and ordered him lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Zembreski is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31, 2014.

A 2nd degree crime carries a potential penalty of 5-10 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. A 3rd degree crime carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years imprisonment; the potential jail sentence for a 4th degree crime is up to 18 months.

Assistant Prosecutor Julie Horowitz represented the State in the case.

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