A Brooklyn, N.Y., man charged Tuesday with trying to withdraw cash from someone else's bank account told police he was forced to commit the crime by gang members.
Michael Mattocks, 55, was charged with third-degree identity theft, two counts of second-degree forgery, criminal impersonation and criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny.
Mattocks went to the Black Rock Turnpike branch of TD Bank, police said, and filled out a withdrawal slip for $7,000 from an account belonging to another customer. He presented a New York driver's license with his photo, but had the name and address of the intended victim, according to the report. When the signature didn't match that on record at the bank, however, the teller called the account's real owner, while another teller called police.
Mattocks got suspicious, police said, and left the bank, but officers arrived and took him into custody.
Mattocks told police gang members had threatened his family if he didn't make the withdrawal and turn the money over to them, and claimed to have made withdrawals of $4,500 and $8,000 from TD Bank branches in other towns. However, Mattocks told police he couldn't remember the locations of those banks and had already turned over the money withdrawn to the gang.
Police said Wednesday they have not yet been able to confirm if those other withdrawals actually took place, or if there is any truth to the gang threats.
Mattocks was held on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear June 10 in Bridgeport Superior Court.