A 55-year-old convicted felon who attempted to steal a Connecticut man’s identity at multiple Westchester County banks has admitted to his crimes.
Jose Cabrera has pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, after he went to banks in Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Ossining and Thornwood with a forged Connecticut driver’s license and attempted to take out cash over the course of a single afternoon.
Cabrera of the Bronx admitted to taking the license, which had his own photo and his victim’s identifying information and attempted to use it four times on March 30.
Cabrera first requested a bank balance with the forged ID at 2:23 p.m. at the People’s United Bank in Yonkers, but he gave the teller information that did not match the bank’s files and he was rebuffed.
A half hour later, he was at the People’s United Bank in Mount Vernon, where he again presented the fraudulent ID and requested a printout of the victim’s checking history, which he received.
Shortly after 4 p.m., at the People’s United Bank in Ossining, Cabrera requested a replacement debit card for the checking account, using the forged license.
This time, the request was denied because his ID did not match the bank’s record. This led to a bulletin that was disseminated to other branches, warning of Cabrera’s attempted scam.
Cabrera attempted to withdraw $1,750 from the People’s United Bank in Thornwood at 4:44 p.m., when a teller notified a manager, who called police.
Cabrera was arrested at the bank while still using his victim’s name and ID. Mount Pleasant police officers took him into custody, and seized the driver’s license, a forged credit card using the victim’s name and the withdrawal slip he attempted to use at the bank.
Following his arrest, Cabrera was initially charged with seven counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and identity theft, all felonies. As part of his plea agreement, Cabrera is scheduled to be sentenced as a second felony offender on Nov. 28.
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