Man Sentenced For Attempting To Use Forged ID At Four Westchester Banks In One Day

A man who attempted to steal another person's identity at multiple Westchester County banks will be spending several years behind bars.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

Bronx resident Jose Cabrera has been sentenced to a term of two to four years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a forged instrument for going 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. He was sentenced as a second felony offender.

Cabrera admitted to taking the license, which had his photo and his victim’s identifying information and attempted to use it four times in the same day.

Cabrera first requested a bank balance with the forged ID at 2:23 p.m. at the People’s United Bank in Yonkers on March 30 last year, 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 the 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 charged with seven counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and identity theft, all felonies. He was also charged with four counts of criminal impersonation, attempted grand larceny and unlawful possession of personal identification information. 

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