Fake badges gets male stripper arrested

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - October 15, 2008

Long Island, New York, authorities report busting a man who runs a male stripper business, for forging police badges.

Suffolk County deputies say suspect Peter Mistretta told them he uses the phony badges for strippers' costumes.

A sheriff's department spokesman says the fake badges and IDs look just like the real thing.

Mistretta has pleaded innocent to forgery and drug charges.

His lawyer says the sheriff's investigation is "riddled with errors."

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