Fake businesses tip off police to fraud scam
Jamalia Boyd, 32, of 2304 7th Ave., New York, N.Y., and Michael Brady, 61, of 620 Gates Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested on charges of conspiracy to first-degree larceny, criminal attempt of first-degree larceny and first-degree larceny.
Darien police said the duo applied to open two businesses in town at the town clerk's office using an address for a residence on Pratt Island. The police checked with the residents who lived at that address and were provided with bank statements that were sent to their home regarding the businesses that was created, according to the report.
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Following an investigation, police said they determined that Boyd and Brady had created the fake businesses using the names of real ones and stealing thousands of dollars by intercepting checks. They would open bank accounts using the companies' names and then would withdraw the money from a different branch days later.
They withdrew $57,000 after depositing a check for the same amount at a Bank of America branch in Darien, police said. Police were able to stop them from withdrawing $20,000 from a Webster Bank branch in New Canaan after they deposited a check at a Webster office in Darien, according to the report.
Police are unsure how the two intercepted the checks. One of the checks was on the way to Utah from upstate Connecticut and the other was going to New York City from California, police said.
Police believe the two were able to collect more than $100,000 from other fake companies.
Boyd was arrested Oct. 23 when she was on her way to visit with her parole officer, police said. She had been arrested days prior in New Jersey for allegedly stealing a $25,000 watch, police said. Darien police are currently in the process of extraditing her from New York to Darien via a governor's warrant.
A warrant was issued for Brady's arrest. He turned himself in Dec. 9, according to police.
Brady was held in lieu of $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 10. Boyd does not have a court date until the governor's warrant is executed, and would arraigned that same day.