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Bronx man taken into custody on identity fraud charges


A 34-year-old Bronx man was recently taken into custody on fraud charges in Salem, New Hampshire. The man allegedly attempted to use another person's identity to send iPads to his home country of Ghana.

The arrest came after the Salem Police Department received a report pertaining to a potential fraud case at a local FedEx office. Based on the report, the person whose identification was allegedly being used said he received information regarding an overnight delivery that was available for pickup, but the victim claimed he had not ordered or purchased anything. It was later discovered the shipment contained two iPads, worth over $1,800.

Police officers waited at the FedEx store for the suspect to retrieve the package. The man was arrested after he allegedly identified himself as the victim and provided a fake driver's license from Massachusetts. The suspect was charged with possession of a fraudulent driver's license, theft by deception and identity fraud, which are felony offenses.

White collar crimes such as identity theft, money laundering, racketeering, embezzlement and conspiracy are offenses usually committed for financial gain. In this case, the man was accused of posing as another person to obtain iPads with the intent of sending them to another country. After being arrested, an accused individual should be cautious when answering the authorities' questions to avoid providing unnecessary and potentially damaging information.

Defending oneself from white collar crimes and other charges can be difficult without the assistance of a legal advocate. Conviction for such offenses can lead to long-term incarceration, fines, penalties and other serious consequences.

Here in Westchester County, New York, a person who is accused of white collar crimes can speak with a knowledgeable legal professional for an evaluation of the case. A qualified attorney will expertly navigate the court system and help a defendant achieve the best possible result.

Source: Patch.com, "New York man charged with identity fraud, theft," Marc Fortier, Feb. 7, 2014

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