GPD Catch Duo in the Act of Bank Fraud on Greenwich Ave

On Thursday, April 4, around 12:30pm Greenwich Police responded to a bank at 197 Greenwich Avenue (Chase Bank) on a report of a bank fraud in progress.

Officers located a suspect matching the description provided by the reporting party.

The suspect, William Ayala, 50, of Davidson Ave in Bronx, NY, was found in possession of a fraudulent New York driver’s license, personal identifying information of another person whom he was impersonating, a fraudulent credit card and was attempting to withdraw $5,000 from an account.

Officers also discovered a Samsung Galaxy S10E in Ayala’s possession and determined it had been purchased fraudulently earlier that day at T-Mobile in Stamford using personal information from the same person Ayala was impersonating at the bank.

Ayala was charged with Criminal Attempt Larceny 3, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 3, Credit Card Theft, Criminal Attempt >$500 on Revoked Payment Card, Receipt from Ill Use Credit Card, Identity Theft 3 (two counts), Criminal Impersonation and Forgery 2.

Ayala was able to post his court set $25,000 bond and has a date in Stamford Superior Court on April 19, 2019.

Michael Smith, April 8, 2019 Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept

Officers determined Ayala had a co-conspirator, Michael Smith, who dropped him off at the bank. A description of the accomplice was obtained and officers located Smith, a short distance from the bank.

Police determined Smith, 35, of 174th Street in Bronx, NY, was a co-conspirator of Ayala. In his possession were two more fraudulent ID’s and three additional fraudulent credit cards.

Smith was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 3, Credit Card Theft (three counts), Identity Theft (3 counts) and Forgery 2 (two counts).

Smith’s bond was also set at $25,000, which he was able to post he has a date in Stamford Superior Court on April 19, 2019.