NY man accused of sneaking back into Rikers jail

Matthew Matagrano is charged with impersonating a Department of Correction investigator for allegedly using a stolen badge and ID card to roam New York City's massive jail.

NEW YORK — Most people who have done time on Rikers Island can't wait to get away.

But on Friday, authorities accused one former inmate of the massive New York City jail of sneaking back in.

Yonkers resident Matthew Matagrano is charged with impersonating a Department of Correction investigator.

Authorities say that for at least a week, Matagrano used a badge and identification card to get into Rikers and roam the jail.

The 36-year-old has an extensive rap sheet that includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse that landed him on the state's sex-offender registry.

It's not clear why he wanted to get into the jail, but he also had previously been caught posing as a Board of Education worker to enter schools.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Matagrano had a lawyer.

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