FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Fairfield branch of Fairfield County Bank was the third place hit by three people attempting to cash a fraudulent check Thursday after, police said.
Fairfield police were alerted to a person attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a bank branch on Tunxis Hill Road. The teller told officers that a man came into the bank and handed over a business check from that bank made out to him and signed by him, police said.
When he could not cash the check, he left the bank and got into a blue Cadillac SRX with two others inside, police said. An off-duty officer spotted the car on Kings Highway and provided a description and license plate, police said.
A patrol officer stopped the car at Black Rock Turnpike and Candlewood Road, police said. The Fairfield bank teller was able to identify Anthony Lewis, 46, of the Bronx, N.Y., as the one who went into the branch, police said.
The two others in the car, Margaret Jones, 39, of Springfield, Mass., and Michael Ball, 52, of Massachusetts, gave conflicting reasons as to why they were in the area and who Lewis was, police said.
The owner of the checks had been notified about the attempted use of the business checks by a branch in Trumbull, which also refused to cash the check, police said. The business owner was on her way to the Fairfield branch when officials contacted her regarding the attempt, police said.
An investigation found that a check had been successfully cashed at a Bridgeport branch, police said.
Lewis was charged with sixth-degree larceny, three counts of fifth-degree forgery and sixth-degree criminal attempt at larceny. He was held on $20,000 bond and given a court date of Nov. 6.
Jones was released on $2,500 bond and charged with sixth-degree larceny and sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. She is due in court Nov. 6.
Bell was charged with sixth-degree larceny and sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. He was held on $2,500 bond and is due in court Nov. 6.