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Fairfield Police: Man Blamed Drug Gang For Fraudulent Bank Withdrawal

Michael Mattock, 55, was charged by Fairfield police with criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft and criminal impersonation.
Michael Mattock, 55, was charged by Fairfield police with criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft and criminal impersonation. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A 55-year-old man attempting to use a fake ID to withdraw $7,000 from an account that was not his at a TD Bank in Fairfield said a gang made him do it, police said.

Employees at the TD Bank on Black Rock Turnpike called Fairfield police shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday about the incident.

Michael Mattock, of Brooklyn, N.Y., had entered the bank and filled out a withdrawal slip for $7,000, police said, But when he presented the withdrawal slip, the teller noticed that the signatures didn’t match, police said. The teller contacted the account’s owner, while another employee called police.

Officers arrived as Mattock was attempting to flee the area, police said. Officers found pieces of paper in his possession with the victim's name and other information about the victim, police said.

Mattock was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters.

While in custody, Mattock said he was forced to go to several banks to withdraw the money because a “drug gang” threatened to harm his family, the police report said. He told officers that he had gone to two other unnamed banks earlier Tuesday and withdrawn $4,500 and $8,000, police said.

Police were unable to confirm the additional withdrawals. Mattock claimed to have already passed off the $12,500 to the gang, police said.

Mattock was charged with criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft and criminal impersonation. He was held on $25,000 bond with a court date of June 10.

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