San Diego woman charged in $110,000 Stamford theft
Updated 2:14 pm, Thursday, October 5, 2017
STAMFORD — A California woman turned herself in this week after police say she deposited a forged $110,000 check into her bank account.
Police say the money belonged to a 61-year-old Stamford man, who didn’t realize the money was transferred out of his bank account.
Sgt. Steve Perrotta said the man filed a police report in February and an investigation revealed the forged check was written to Nanette Hayes, 62, of San Diego.
Perrotta said investigators obtained a search warrant for her bank account and determined she also deposited a forged $300,000 check from Great Neck, N.Y.
Perrotta said investigators also found evidence of several large wire transfers from her account to London, England, Johannesburg, South Africa and St. Petersburg, Russia.
“So she is taking this money and sending it over to her people in other countries,” Perrotta said.
Perrotta said Hayes told investigators she met a man online who claimed to have been robbed and needed help with overseas contracts.
But Perrotta said Hayes has a history of banking problems. He said she had an account with another bank closed in 2012 for money laundering.
“We don’t believe she was an unwitting participant,” Perrotta said. “She either knew or should have known what she was doing was illegal.”
Hayes was charged with felony counts of first-degree larceny, forgery and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and was released after posting a $100,000 court appearance bond.