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Tuesday, December 18 News

PD: New York man tried to cash forged check at Westport bank

WESTPORT — A New York man was charged after he tried to cash a forged check at a town bank, police said.

Sammie Spells, 59, of Bronx, New York, was charged with third-degree identity theft, second-degree forgery, third-degree forgery, credit card theft and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, officers were sent to People’s Bank for a report of a man trying to make a fraudulent transaction. When the cops got to the bank, the suspect — later identified as Spells — was at the counter trying to cash a forged check using fraudulent identification.

The teller that Spells was dealing with noticed the check that he gave had the wrong routing number. When the teller asked him for additional identification, he showed a forged U.S. passport and a fraudulent Discover card, police said.

“The name on each item belonged to an actual bank customer however, the suspect was unable to verify the personal information of the account holder,” police said.

Officers arrested Spells and took him to headquarters to be processed. He was held in lieu of a $10,00 bond. Police said Spells was taken to court for arraignment on Wednesday, but no updated court records were available for him.

Tara O'Neill|Breaking News Reporter

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