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Cellphone Fraud Probed by New Canaan Police

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Two fraudulent telephone accounts opened in the name of a New Canaan resident and with overdue balances are under investigated by New Canaan Police.

A Fawn Lane resident contacted officers at about 9 a.m. Sunday after he received information that someone opened two cellphone accounts with T-Mobile using his previous address in New York state, police said. The accounts were opened between October and November 2010, police say. One account had a bill of nearly $795 and the other had a bill approaching $370. The man received calls from collection agencies about the balances, police said.

In other police news:

• Richard G. Murphy, 46, of New Norwalk Road, New Canaan, was charged Sunday with driving under the influence and failure to use a turn signal. Murphy was seen at about 12:47 a.m. by an officer as he prepared to make a left turn onto Cherry Street from East Avenue, police said. About halfway through the turn, police said Murphy indicated he was turning.

An officer pulled him over at the Chase parking lot on East Avenue. Police said the officer detected the strong scent of alcohol on Murphy’s breath and found him with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. After a field sobriety test, he was arrested. Murphy was released on $250 bond and is scheduled to appear May 10 in Norwalk Superior Court.

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