A Queens woman faces numerous identity theft and forgery charges after Darien and Stamford police connected her to a string of fraudulent withdrawals at area HSBC banks in early September.
Chevon Waynes, 29, of Long Island City, was held in lieu of posting a $25,000 bond after being arrested via warrant on Monday, Dec. 3, after turning herself in to police. Officers said Waynes was one of two people who drove a woman to two HSBC banks to get cash. At a Stamford branch, police said Waynes’ accomplice, Stephany Jeffry, successfully withdrew $2,800 from the bank, then was driven by Waynes and at least one other person to the Darien branch where they tried to take another $3,000.
The account had been flagged by the Stamford withdrawal, and Darien bank employees alerted police. When questioned, Jeffry, 20, gave police a fake California driver’s license that indicated her name was Jennifer Williams, police said.
She claimed that she lived in California and was visiting her sister in New York. She also said that her sister had dropped her off at the bank and was parked in the nearby Darien Diner lot in a black Nissan with New York plates. Police searched the area but could not find the car in question.
Although the driver’s license was fake, its information was legit, police said, indicating a person named Jennifer Williams who lives in Las Vegas, Nev. Jeffry later acknowledged her true identity, police said.
Police also found a slip of paper with two account numbers and the corresponding account balances. Bank personnel confirmed it was the same account flagged at the Stamford branch.
Jeffry admitted to having perpetrated that crime, police said. She said she had been driven to Darien from New York by a male and female. She identified the male by the street name Rugg, who she said provided her with the fake ID and the slip of paper with the account information. Jeffry told police she was to be paid for withdrawing the money, but claimed not to know the specific amount she was to receive. Rugg has yet to be identified.
Waynes was identified as being one of the two people who drove Jeffry to the HSBC banks, with the arrangement to pick her up after the fraudulent transactions were completed, police said. Waynes faces six felony counts: third-degree criminal attempt to larceny, third-degree conspiracy to larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery, two counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft and interfering with an officer.
Waynes’ next court date was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, and Jeffry has court on Monday, Dec. 17.