Greenwich Resident’s Tip Leads to Arrests for Massive Check Fraud Attempt

Greenwich Police arrested two Bronx men on Thursday for stealing checks for fraudulent financial transactions.

Police say that about 11:0am on Thursday, a resident in Riverside advised Police that she had observed two subjects remove mail containing checks from her mailbox.

Patrol officers responded and, after canvassing the area, discovered a vehicle matching the resident’s description. After conducting a motor vehicle stop, the two occupants of the vehicle were eventually placed under arrest for a variety of charges.

Found in their possession were 368 personal checks from over 200 victims spread out over 25 jurisdictions in Fairfield County, Westchester County and New York City.

Small amounts of marijuana, illegal prescription drugs, fraudulent identifications and fraudulent credit cards were also found in their possession. Greenwich Police Detectives are following up with the police agencies from the other jurisdictions and are also coordinating with the US postal Inspection Service.

Arrested were Mark Anthony Claudio, 23, of 2120 Randall Ave in Bronx and Dondre R Waugh, 27, of 3298 Bronxwood Ave in Bronx.

Cahrges for each included Credit Card Fraud (2 counts), Possession of Personal Identifying Device (2 counts), Unlawful Production of Payment Card (2 counts), Identity Theft (3 counts), Forgery 2 (2 counts), Illegal Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, Larceny 6 (358 counts), Criminal Attempt at Identity Theft (358 counts) and Conspiracy to Identify Theft 3 (358 counts).

Mr. Claudio was also charged with Operating a Vehicle without a License.

The men were each held on a $250,000 appearance bond. Neither was able to post bond and they are scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Friday, Oct 25, 2019.