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Cops: Phony cop tried to avoid gas rationing restrictions

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say a Staten Island man flashed a badge and pretended he was a policeman to avoid the city's gas rationing restrictions.

Aniello DeGuida is due back in court on Dec. 17. He's charged with criminal impersonation.

Authorities say he showed up at a gas station with an even-numbered license plate. It was an odd-numbered day.

That's when he allegedly claimed to be a policeman on his way to work.

The attendant refused him. The real NYPD intervened.

The Staten Island Advance called the defendant's home for comment. A man who identified himself as DeGuida denied having been arrested. He said the allegations were "ridiculous" and must be "a hoax."

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