Three Brooklyn men were arrested Thursday after two of them tried unsuccessfully to use stolen debit cards to buy money orders at a West Hempstead post office, Nassau County police said.
Bernardo Bernard, 24, and Jetav Romulus, 17, who entered the U.S. Post Office at 245 Hempstead Ave. just before 10 a.m., left after the stolen cards were rejected and joined Kevin Alexandre, 24, who was waiting in a 2012 Chevrolet, police said.
Located and arrested soon after on Woodlawn Road, they were "found to be in possession of stolen debit cards, fraudulent checks totaling $3,614.25 and victims' personal information," police said. It was also found that, working together, they had deposited "fraudulent checks into accounts" from which they withdrew more than $1,000, police said.
Bernard faces three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, first-degree identity theft and first-degree scheme to defraud. Romulus, is being charged with first-degree scheme to defraud, second-degree identity theft, as well as uninsured motor vehicle, unlicensed operator, unregistered motor vehicle and uninspected motor vehicle. Alexandre is being charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument, first-degree scheme to defraud and second-degree identity theft.
They are to be arraigned Friday in First District Court, Hempstead.