WALLINGFORD — A New Haven man was charged after police said he cashed checks belonging to an elderly town resident.
Dashawn Woods, 31, of 33 Townsend St., New Haven, was charged April 29 with three counts of second-degree identity theft, third-degree larceny, three counts of second-degree forgery, two counts of sixth-degree larceny, three counts of fraudulent use of an ATM, credit card theft and illegal use of a credit card.
Police began investigating after they were notified that a review of the elderly woman’s checking account revealed an “unauthorized check issued to a female unknown to the victim in the amount of $1,760,” according to a statement from Lt. Cheryl Bradley. The woman lives at Ashlar Village.
The person with power of attorney also noticed that a credit card missing from the elderly woman’s wallet was used in an attempt to purchase a TV from the Hamden WalMart on Dec. 27, the statement said. The purchase was denied twice, as was a third attempt to use the card to purchase a pack of gum.
An additional two unauthorized checks were noticed by the person with power of attorney, one amounting to $3,470 for a “personal loan” and a second for $350, the statement said.
Video surveillance appeared to show the same individual attempting to complete the fraudulent activities, according to police. The video was used to identify Woods as the suspect. Woods later told police he committed the crimes, Bradley wrote.
Woods was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on June 15.