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Cops: NY man opened bogus bank accounts in Stamford

March 13, 2019

STAMFORD — A Yonkers, New York man was charged with using a Stamford man’s name to illegally open bank accounts that were then used to cash about $3,000 worth of bogus checks.

Rahul Masih, 44, was charged with two counts each of identity theft, criminal impersonation and forgery and was released after posting a $10,000 court-appearance bond.

Financial crimes investigator Michael Stempien said a Stamford man got statements from his bank in February 2018 saying two accounts had been opened in his name. The man contacted the bank, which told him to talk to police about them.

Stempien said the bank turned over a really good picture of the unidentified man who opened the accounts with a forged license in the Stamford man’s name.

Because the suspect was unknown, police sent a picture around to other law enforcement agencies in the area and got word back from a Yonkers detective that the picture was of Masih. The detective told Stempien that he knew it was Masih because he knew him from a very similar arrest that occurred a few months after the Stamford complaint was made.

Stempien said the mug shots of Masih matched the picture he got of him from the bank.

Stempien said after the accounts were opened up, another man deposited three checks worth about $4,000 into the account. Before the bank was able to figure out the checks were forged, about $3,000 worth of the checks had already been cashed.

Stempien said Mashih could not be charged with making the withdrawals. Police continue to investigate the case.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com