Cops: Brooklyn man tries to scam Suffolk banks

Suffolk County Police arrested a man for identity

Suffolk County Police arrested a man for identity theft at an Eastport bank that he was trying to defraud out of $20,000, Suffolk police said. (Sept. 10, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

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A Brooklyn man tried to scam three branches of a Suffolk credit union out of $60,000 by borrowing on credit lines opened under fake identities, Suffolk police said Tuesday.

Willie Petteway, 37, of 237 Nassau St., was charged with grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument and attempted identity theft after he tried to open a line of credit at Suffolk County Federal Credit Union in Eastport, police said.

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Employees recognized him and called the police, who were already looking for him.

On August 27 he successfully withdrew $20,000 from the bank's West Babylon branch using another person's identification, police said. He tried the same thing at a branch in Medford September 5, but was denied.

Police said Petteway was also wanted by the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau for theft in excess of $60,000.

He was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Wednesday.

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