Huguenot financial adviser, 61, charged with hate crimes. Reportedly targeted 2 seniors in $190,000 scam.

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — A Staten Island financial adviser has been charged with hate crimes for targeting two victims because of their age and defrauding them of $190,000, prosecutors say.

Louis Cook, 61, of the 800 block of Rensselaer Avenue, Huguenot, was arrested on March 4, according to court records.

An indictment alleges that Cook and his company, Nevsadi LLC, defrauded two women between March 12, 2019 and October 19, 2020.

The defendant defrauded the victims under the guise of helping them protect their property from seizure if they ever needed long-term health care, prosecutors say.

He stole $150,000 from one woman and $40,000 from the other, prosecutors allege.

The victims are each over 60 years old.

The indictment alleges that Cook selected each victim “wholly or largely because of a belief or perception regarding their age.”

Cook and Nevsadi are charged with second-degree grand larceny as a hate crime and third-degree grand larceny as a hate crime.

Under the Hate Crimes Act 2000, a person can be charged with a hate crime if they commit specific offenses because of age, religion, race, colour, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation or disability of the victim.

The defendants are also charged with second and third degree theft.

“This is not a hate crime,” defense attorney Scott G. Cerbin said when reached by phone. “This is an exaggerated allegation.”

The case was investigated by the District Attorney’s Economic Crimes Office.

Nevsadi LLC was incorporated in January 2006 in Richmond County, according to New York State Department online records.

It’s an active business, these records show.

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