Darien police arrest three men involved in identity theft scheme
Darien police arrested three men involved in an identity theft scheme targeting the bank accounts of multiple victims. A manager at the Darien TD Bank contacted police on April 26 to report a suspicious transaction just before 4 p.m. A man at the bank had attempted to obtain a replacement debit card for his account and presented a New Jersey driver’s license. The manager was immediately suspicious of the identification card, which had the address of a TD Bank account holder and the man’s picture.
The manager asked for the man to provide the social security number associated with the account, which led the man to read the number off of his phone. Based on the suspicious nature of the transaction manager stepped away to call the police. Officers arriving at the scene identified the suspect as he was leaving the bank and identified him as Justin Wright, 27, with a New York driver’s license.
Wright allegedly admitted to attempting a fraudulent transaction and said two other people had provided him with the bank account information and the fraudulent identification. Wright was paid $300 to go into banks and obtain replacement debit cards for the existing accounts.
Wright told officers that his two accomplices were driving in a white Mercedes Benz and the car was stopped by police while leaving the Bertucci’s parking lot across the street. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Henry Olubi, 24, told officers that they were driving from New York to Binghamton University, which is further north in New York, and had stopped to eat. Olubi told officers they had not eaten yet, but officers clearly observed food containers in the vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Bright Mensah, 24. At this time, both occupants were placed under arrest.
Inside the vehicle, police located a backpack containing bank receipts, checks, and debit cards, all bearing the names of uninvolved individuals. 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. Each of the identification cards had different identifying information, but a picture of Wright.
All three suspects were transported to Darien Police Headquarters for processing. During a routine search, another debit card with a third party’s information was found in Olubi’s sock.
When interviewed, Mensah told officers he was just a “middle man,” buying the false identifications and being present during the transactions. Wright again stated that his only part in the scheme was to go into the banks with the fraudulent documents.
All three suspects were charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft, 14 counts of unlawful reproduction of a credit card, 16 counts of forgery in the first degree and five counts of criminal impersonation.
Wright and Olubi were held on a $50,000 bond, while Mensah was held on a $25,000 bond. None of the suspects were able to make bond and were transported to Stamford Court the following morning.