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Men charged with forgery, attempted theft at Westport, Fairfield banks

Published 1:58 pm, Friday, October 11, 2013

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  • Christopher Moss, 23, of New York City, is facing forgery charges. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    Christopher Moss, 23, of New York City, is facing forgery charges. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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New York City men have been charged with depositing fraudulent checks in Citibank branches in Westport and Fairfield on Thursday afternoon.

Devon Duncan, 27, and Christopher Moss, 23, first deposited a fake check for $1,000 at a Westport Citibank branch, Fairfield police said, and then immediately withdrew $1,000 via an ATM.

Then, the pair went to the Citibank at in Fairfield, and deposited a check in the amount of $1,945, though the bank later told police they knew it was fraudulent at the time of the deposit. After making the deposit, police said Duncan and Moss went across the street to the U.S. Post Office and tried to use a debit card in someone else's name to make two purchases -- one for $1,903 and a second for $1,000. Both purchases were declined, police said, and they left in a Mercury Moutaineer.

Employees at both the bank and the post office got the vehicle's license plate number, and the car was stopped by police on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield.

They were both charged with first-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit first-degree forgery, criminal attempt to commit fourth-degree larceny, identity theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft and criminal impersonation.

Duncan and Moss were each held on $100,000 bonds and scheduled to appear Oct. 23 in Bridgeport Superior Court.