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Four arrested in forged-check scam on Greenwich Ave.: cops

December 17, 2018

GREENWICH — An attempt to cash a fraudulent check led to four arrests near a Greenwich Avenue bank — as well as the discovery of $11,548 in what may be be ill-gotten gains, police said Monday.

A woman entered the Chase branch on the upper section of the avenue with a forged check late last week.

“She tried to cash a forged check, and the teller realized it was forged,” said police Lt. John Slusarz.

The female suspect left the bank without cashing the check, and police officers soon apprehended her and a group of alleged co-conspirators parked nearby. Police said the white Honda was parked in a spot reserved for handicapped drivers when the female suspect jumped in.

Officers said they recovered $11,548 in cash in the vehicle, as well as $1,890 in money orders, according to the arrest report.

“They doing an investigation where that money came from. But it’s suspicious,” said Lt. Slusarz.

Makeeba Bell, 28, of Secor Road, Ardsley, N.Y., the woman who allegedly entered the bank with the forged check, was charged with forgery, identity theft, criminal impersonation, conspiracy and attempt at larceny. She was later released without bail.

The three men in the car were charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft and larceny; and criminal attempt at larceny.

Eddie Hernandez, 25, of Gerard Ave., the Bronx; Dylan Mckenzie, 23, of Bronx River Road, Yonkers, and John Valenzuela, 23, of the Grand Concourse, the Bronx, are all facing felony charges in connection with the alleged fraud.

Fernandez allegedly gave another first name to officers, and he was charged with interfering with a police investigation. Mckenzie was also charged with marijuana possession.

Bail was set at $500,000 for Valenzuela and Hernandez. A $25,000 bail was set for Mckenzie.

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