PORT CHESTER, N.Y. A 31-year-old Bronx woman was charged Tuesday with trying to cash a fraudulent check at a Port Chester bank, police said.
Around 4:30 p.m., police received a report from employees of the Chase Bank at 50 Westchester Ave. that a woman was trying to cash the check. As officers were walking in, the woman was walking out. She told police she was cashing the check for her friend Carlos, who was waiting in a black car in the parking lot, police said. Police did not find anything in the lot matching the description of her friend or the car.
Bank employees found that the check made out to a Brooklyn community corporation for $791 was for an account that was frozen due to fraudulent activity, police said.
One of the reasons they were tipped off was because the other Chase Bank on Midland Avenue said she had previously tried to cash the check earlier that day, said Lt. Jim Ladeairous, spokesman for the Port Chester Police Department.
Mercedes Basabe, of 175 Alexander Ave., was arrested on misdemeanor charges of attempted petit larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
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