DARIEN, Conn. — An eagle-eyed teller thwarted an attempt by a woman from the Bronx, N.Y., to cash a fraudulent check at a bank in Darien, police said.
Officers were dispatched to the TD Bank at 55 Post Road, Darien, at 5:34 p.m. July 3.
Someone attempted to cash a fraudulent check but left the bank after employees confiscated the person's check and identification, police said.
A description of the suspect was given to units, and an officer located a woman across the street from TD Bank who fit the description, police said. The officer identified the suspect as Emily Ramirez, 24, of 440 E. 186th St., Bronx.
Bank employees told another officer that the woman approached a teller and requested to cash a check. The woman then stood there silently until the employee asked for the check, police said.
She provided the check and a New Jersey ID with her picture — but not the suspect’s real name, police said.
The employee said the ID looked “very strange” to him, police said. But the name and address on the ID matched that of the check, which was made out in the amount of $1,679.25, police said.
The employee took the check and ID to his supervisor to get her opinion, police said. When the suspect saw the two conferring, she left, police said.
Officers asked Ramirez about the transaction, and she admitted to attempting to make a fraudulent transaction, police said.
She said that she had been approached by a friend about “making some money” by cashing a fake check, police said.
Ramirez was introduced to two men, whom she refused to identify, who gave her the paperwork and ID to use in the attempted fraud, police said.
Officers verified that all of the identifying information on the false documents belonged to a real person, police said.
Ramirez was arrested and charged with first-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft and fourth-degree criminal attempt at larceny.
She was initially held on $2,000 bond, but was released on a promise to appear in Stamford Superior Court on July 13.
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