FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Pennsylvania father and son suspected of defrauding several banks in Fairfield County were arrested in Fairfield on Wednesday, when a bank manager questioned a withdrawal request from a suspicious account, police said.
Anthony Innarella Sr., 60, and Anthony Innarella Jr., 32, both of Bethlehem, Pa., face multiple charges. Each was held on $250,000 bond, police said.
The service manager at Wells Fargo Bank on Black Rock Turnpike called police to report that a man — later identified as Innarella Sr. — was just in the bank trying to withdraw $18,000 in cash from a fraudulent account, police said.
The manager told him that she would have to verify some things before she gave him the cash, police said. He left a phone number, asked the teller to call when the money was ready and got into a car outside, police said.
The service manager gave police a description of the vehicle and its occupants.
Officers spotted the car on Unquowa Road near the Post Road and did a field identification of the occupants, police said.
The service manager identified both men, and a subsequent search turned up a large sum of cash and several fake IDs used in bank fraud, police said.
Anthony Innarella Sr. was charged with second-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny, second-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, criminal impersonation, identity theft and three counts of first-degree forgery, police said.
He had tried to use a fake New Jersey driver’s license with his photo and a different name and date of birth to withdraw the cash, police said. He also had a Wells Fargo debit card and a Capitol One debit card with the same name as the driver’s license, police said.
Anthony Innarella Jr. was charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and three counts of first-degree forgery, police said.
He was also found to have a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license with his photo on it and a different name and date of birth on it belonging to another person, along with a Wells Fargo debit card and a Capital One credit card with the same that was on the driver’s license, police said.
Both are expected in court on April 18.
This case was turned over to the Detective Bureau for further investigation and follow-up. Police believe these suspects committed similar crimes in other jurisdictions in the Fairfield County area.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at (203)254-4840, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637).