Man charged with cashing forged checks swiped from mom
A 24-year-old Burr Street man was charged on a warrant Wednesday with cashing forged checks stolen from his mother.
Michael T. Lewis was charged with third-degree larceny, third-degree identity theft and second-degree forgery.
Police were notified of the forged checks by a fraud investigator from Bank of America last July, according to the report. Between February and June 2014, Lewis deposited stolen and forged checks totaling $4,990 in his own Bank of America account, and then made a series of debit transactions, check card purchases and ATM withdrawals, according to the report.
The forged checks were stolen from his mother and made payable to Lewis, police said. After the fraud was discovered, Lewis' account was closed, and the bank reimbursed his mother's account.
Lewis was released on a promise to appear March 12 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.