Cops: Two charged in debit card fraud

Two men face forgery charges after trying to make purchases Thursday with fraudulent debit cards at a Westbury Walmart, Nassau County police said.

Zafir Deleva, 53, of 2329 E. 22nd St., Brooklyn, and Mikhail Baratov, 64, of 6444 Dieterle Crescent, Rego Park, were arrested at the store at 1220 Old Country Rd. at about 3:30 p.m., police said.

Each is charged with nine counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, police said. They are scheduled to be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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Baratov is charged with one additional count of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, with additional counts to be presented to a grand jury, police said.

Deleva tried to buy items with a fraudulent debit card and also was found to have seven additional fraudulent cards and a fake New York State driver's license that matched the names on the cards, police said.

Baratov, who also tried to make a purchase with a fake debit card, was found to be in possession of 50 additional fraudulent cards, police said.

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