New London PD arrest 3 after alleged bank fraud

August 5, 2018

NEW LONDON — A New London woman and two New Yorkers were arrested after cops responded to two separate alleged fraud incidents at a Bank of America recently, police said.

The first incident, which was called in around 9:15 a.m. Friday, led police to arrest two men from the Bronx.

Miki Paulino, 36, of Bronx, New York, was charged with criminal attempt at third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.

Eric Araujo, 21, of Bronx, New York, was charged with criminal attempted at third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny and interfering with police.

In the second instance, which was called in around 3:20 p.m. Friday, police arrested a Connecticut woman.

Sherri Johnson, 21, of New London, was charged with criminal attempt at third-degree larceny.

When officers tried to arrest Paulino and Araujo, one of the men took off on foot but was quickly apprehended, police said.

In both cases, police said the suspects tried to withdraw large amounts of money from accounts recently opened. These arrests took place at the Bank of America on South Frontage Road.

“Associated accounts are usually opened with the minimal amount required followed by large fraudulent check deposit via an ATM,” New London police said. “Suspects then visit a different bank branch and attempt to withdraw money before the deposited check is found to be fraudulent.”

In these two recent incidents, staff at the Bank of America branches in New London quickly noticed the scam and immediately called police.

New London police are calling this a “large-scale scam,” and said the department is working with other law enforcement agencies to determine the scope of it.

Anyone with information can contact New London police at 860-447-1481. Anonymous information can be submitted through the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip and the information to Tip411 (847411).

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