WESTPORT, Conn. -- A man unsuccessfully tried to cash a fraudulent check at a Westport bank using a fake ID, but accidentally left his wallet and real ID behind at the scene, according to police.
A bank teller told police that at around 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, a man later identified as 55-year-old Steven Digsby of North Babylon, N.Y. entered the Bank of America on Post Road East in Westport. Digsby attempted to cash a check made out to a different name, and presented a Pennsylvania driver's license with his picture and a name that matched the name on the check, police said.
While processing the transaction, the teller pulled up the victim's account and noticed that the date of birth on the profile did not match the one on the license, police said. There was also a fraud alert on the account. As a result, the teller refused to process the transaction and Digsby left, police said.
A short time later, a customer turned in a wallet that was found inside the bank. The teller looked in the wallet and found a New York driver's license with Digsby's name and picture, police said. Realizing that he had left his wallet behind, Digsby returned about an hour later and asked if his wallet had been found, but the teller told him it had not been, according to police.
Another bank employee called the police, but Digsby left before officers arrived, police said. They located his car on Post Road East and stopped him. The bank employees turned over the wallet to officers, and they found an illegally manufactured credit card with the victim's name on it, police said. It was determined that Digsby had assumed the identity of a legitimate Bank of America employee in order to cash the check, according to police.
Digsby was charged with third-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation, criminal attempt at fourth-degree larceny, credit card theft and unlawful reproduction of a credit card. He was released on a $10,000 bond and will appear in court on July 28.
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