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Phony Darien business lands woman in jail

Published 1:51 pm, Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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A Manhattan home health aide who registered a phony business at Darien Town Hall in September before opening up a bank account in order to deposit a stolen check for $65,000 and then fraudulently withdrawing $57,000 from the account, was arraigned Friday on larceny charges.

Jamalia Boyd, 33, of 2304 7th Ave., N.Y., was charged Thursday by Darien police with first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and criminal attempt at first-degree larceny and was ordered held on a $150,000 court appearance bond. Boyd was assigned a public defender by Judge Gary White and was scheduled to return to court Jan. 24.

Boyd did not make bond and on Friday afternoon she was transferred to the York Correctional Institution for women in Niantic.

According to her four-page arrest affidavit, Boyd appeared at Darien City Hall with Michael John Brady on Sept. 10 to file trade names for three companies they claimed to be starting in Darien.

Boyd, who gave her address on 7th Avenue in Manhattan and also said she had a residence on wealthy Pratt Island in Darien, said she was opening a company called Red Apple Real Estate

Brady, who turns out to be a 61-year-old out-of-work landscaper from Brooklyn, N.Y., said he was opening up two businesses on Old Kings Highway South in Darien called 3 Form and Timbergon, the arrest affidavit says.

Right after registering the names with town hall, Brady, who was arrested by Darien police on larceny charges in December, went right over to Webster Bank on the Post Road in Darien and opened up an account for a new landscaping firm called 3 Form and deposited $100 into the account.

About 90 minutes later, Brady appeared at a Webster Bank in Norwalk, where he deposited a $35,461 check payable to 3 Form into his account.

The next day, he went back to the Webster Bank in Darien, where he changed the address of his landscaping company to Salt Lake City, Utah.

The day after, he returned to the Webster Bank branch in Norwalk and tried to withdraw $20,000 in cash, but the withdrawal was declined.

The same day, he went to a Webster Bank branch in Mamaroneck, N.Y., where he tried again to withdraw $20,000 in cash from the account.

But the bank employees became suspicious because he was trying to get cash and stopped the withdrawal.

Police later determined that the check, which was legitimately made out to a company called 3 Form based in Salt Lake City, had been stolen.

After Boyd left town hall in Darien on Sept. 10, she headed right over to a Bank of America in town, where she opened an account in the name of Red Apple Real Estate and deposited $50 into the account, the arrest affidavit said.

The next day she went to a Bank of America branch in Stamford where she deposited a check made out to Red Apple Real Estate for $65,340.

A day later she showed up at Bank of America in New Canaan and walked out of the bank with a $57,010 cashier's check drawn from the Red Apple Real Estate account.

Police later determined that the $65,000 check written to Red Apple Real Estate of Manhattan had been stolen, the affidavit said. Police did not say if the $57,000 was ever recovered.

This is not Boyd's first run-in with the law. In October she was arrested in Cliffside Park, N.J., for trying to purchase two watches worth $22,000 with a counterfeit American Express credit card, the affidavit said. She allegedly used the same card to purchase a $37,000 watch with the same card in Cliffside Park in early September, her affidavit said.

Brady, who has also been assigned a public defender, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Boyd has not yet made a plea in the case.