Man accused of forgery scheme, UPS packages theft
Updated 12:00 pm, Monday, February 6, 2017
A Bridgeport man has been arrested in connection with an elaborate identity-theft scheme, apparently for the third time, according to a statement from the Westport Police Department.
Police say that Leeroy Maragh, 26, of Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport, approached a UPS driver in Westport last October and convinced him to hand over packages after presenting a fake Connecticut driver’s license.
“The UPS driver found this strange so he took a photograph of the license,” said Westport Police Spokesman Lt. David Farrell, in a statement. “Westport Detectives were able to match this type of identity theft to similar crimes committed in Redding and Stratford.”
Farrell did not respond to a request to confirm the details of those previous cases.
A Leeroy Maragh with the same birth date was convicted in forgery and identity-theft cases originating in Redding and Stratford, according to court and Department of Correction records.
According to the DOC, Maragh was taken into custody on Nov. 22, 2016, ahead of sentencing. In essence, the October charges in Westport allege that Maragh committed a brazen theft with a sentence on similar crimes hanging over his head.
On Dec. 19, he was sentenced to 12.5 five years of imprisonment. Based on his 2020 release date, it appears that the sentences — for felony larceny, identity theft, and misdemeanor forgery — are running concurrently.
Zingaro & Cretella, the law firm representing Zingaro & Cretella, did not have anyone available for comment Friday evening.