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Woman Charged In 'Check-Washing' Incident In Fairfield

Danielle Nelson
Danielle Nelson Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A Milford woman faces identity theft charges in a “check-washing” scheme in Fairfield, police said Monday.

Danielle Nelson, 22, of Wolf Harbor Road, was arrested Saturday and charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree identity theft and conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery, police said

On November 19, 2015, a complainant contacted Fairfield police, saying he was the victim of check fraud. He told officers he had written a $250 check for his child’s school fees, but the check was processed for $1,250 and the name the check was written out to had been changed, police said.

Police investigating found the check had been deposited at a Stratford TD Bank account that had been shut down for suspicious activity, police said.

Fairfield and Bridgeport officers investigated and, through surveillance camera evidence, Fairfield police arrested Nelson, the bank account’s owner.

The U.S. Postal Service is also involved in the investigation, which may involve “fishing” for checks in blue postal mailboxes and using chemicals to “wash” them, police said.

Nelson, who turned herself in, is scheduled to appear in court on July 21.

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