Trio Arrested In Bank Fraud Scheme: Darien Police

The three attempted to fraudulently obtain a debit card, according to authorities.


DARIEN, CT — Three New York men were arrested on multiple forgery, criminal impersonation and related charges last week after they allegedly tried to fraudulently obtain a debit card from a TD Bank on the Post Road in Darien, according to police.

Staff at the TD Bank contacted police on the afternoon of April 26 that someone was attempting to obtain a debit card with what was believed to be a fake ID.

"A description of the individual was given, and responding officers were able to locate the suspect attempting to leave the bank as they arrived," wrote Darien police in a statement. "The individual was detained and identified by NY driver's license as Justin Wright. The bank manager told officers that Wright had entered the bank and informed her that he needed a new debit card for his account. He provided what she believed to be a fraudulent N.J. identification with a TD Bank account holder's information and Wright's picture. When the manager challenged Wright by asking him for the social security number associated with the account, Wright used his phone to read off the number. At this point the manager stepped away to call the police."

Wright, 27, of Bay Shore, NY, allegedly admitted to the officers that he was part of an attempted scam.

"He stated he was working for two friends in a white Mercedes Benz who would supply him with the fraudulent documents and pay him $300 to go to banks and obtain debit cards for legitimate accounts," wrote police.

A short time later, officers spotted a white Mercedes that fit the description leaving the Bertucci's restaurant across the street from TD Bank.

"The driver of the vehicle, identified as Henry Olubi [24, of Brooklyn, NY], told officers that they were driving from New York to Binghamton University (also located in NY) and had stopped to eat. Olubi told officers they hadn't eaten yet, but officers clearly observed food containers in the vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Bright Mensah [24, of Central Islip, NY]."

All three were placed under arrested, and a search of the vehicle turned up "a backpack containing bank receipts, checks, and debit cards, all bearing the names of un-involved persons. Inside the glove box of the vehicle was a stack of debit cards with unknown people's information on them, and four fraudulent identification cards," which all had Wright's picture on them.

The three were charged with:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft, 2nd Degree (5 Counts)
  • Unlawful Reproduction of a Credit Card (14 Counts)
  • Forgery, 1st Degree (16 Counts)
  • Criminal Impersonation (5 Counts)

Wright and Olubi were each held on $50,000 bonds, while Mensah was held on a $25,000 bond. All are due to appear in Stamford Superior Court next month.

Photo 1: Justin Wright; Photo 2: Henry Olubi; Photo 3: Bright Mensah. Photo credit: Darien Police Department


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