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Bronx Trio Charged With ID Theft in Darien

Three men from the Bronx, N.Y., were arrested in Darien last Thursday after attempting to fraudulently withdraw funds from a bank account. Christopher Godwin, 32, went into the HSBC bank on Post Road and attempted to take out $4,500 from an account.

The manager became suspicious and called the police. When officers arrived, they stopped Godwin from leaving and he admitted he was trying to withdraw money with a fake ID. Godwin said he had been dropped off by Israel Elihu, 35, and Darrin Guerrero, 32, who were waiting in a nearby gas station.

Police arrested Godwin and went to check out the other two, who were waiting in a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer. Inside the car were a number of other fake IDs and account information. They also had an iPad with directions to the bank. Police determined they had been obtaining bank account information for legitimate account holders, then making the fake licenses and withdrawing funds.

Police said all three men have significant criminal histories with similar crimes. They believe this incident to be part of a series of similar fraudulent withdrawals, although they were not sure how many banks they may have hit.

Godwin was charged with criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, identity theft and second-degree forgery. He was released on a promise to appear in court April 25. Elihu and Guerrero were each held on $75,000 bond and went to court the next day. Police said Guerrero was also wanted in New Jersey on a parole violation.

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