2 New Haven Men Charged in Check Passing Scheme

When people think of check passing schemes, they tend to think of people passing very large checks. That’s usually not what happens. Criminals know that these large checks would get noticed. Not only would the bank investigate them before they cash them, but victims tend to notice when $1,000 or more is missing from their account.

This is part of the reason these two men were apprehended. In one day, they had different people go to several branches of the People’s United Bank in Connecticut. They visited more than 5 branches throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. They presented checks to a variety of banks. They did this all on the same day.

The first few checks were cashed. They were all drawn on the same bank account. When Kenny Wright, 29-years old and from Bridgeport, presented a check for nearly $1,000, the bank employees got suspicious. They immediately put a hold on the victim’s bank account and arrested Wright.

The authorities found that two men were in charge of this check-cashing scheme. They were stealing blank checks out of the victims’ mailboxes. They would then have various men take smaller checks to local banks to cash them. The thought was that the bank officers wouldn’t think anything of cashing checks for less than $1,000.

However, when the banks communicated and found that so many of them had received false checks on the same account, they got suspicious. The police did eventually track the scam back to 2 New Haven men. Two men, both 35-years old, were arrested for the crime. Nathan Tart and Dajuan Crudup have both been charged with forgery and larceny. They’re being held on $50,000 bond each.

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Source: https://patch.com/connecticut/fairfield/2-charged-check-fraud-scheme-police-say

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