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Brooklyn man arrested in fraudulent check scheme, police say

The third time wasn’t a charm for a Brooklyn man who, police said, cashed two fraudulent checks at separate banks Thursday only to have his scheme unravel when he attempted to cash a third at another branch — all within about an hour.

Walter Tyler, 54, of Berriman Street, East New York, was arrested at a TD Bank branch in Franklin Square at 1:30 p.m. after an alert female teller notified the bank branch manager there was something amiss, Nassau County police said.

Tyler was charged with six counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and four counts of second-degree identity theft.

Major Case Bureau detectives said Tyler stole account information from a TD Bank customer from Manhattan, created a fake Maryland driver’s license with that customer’s personal information and then created three checks drawn on the customer’s bank account — each check for $1,880.

First, police said, Tyler cashed one of the fraudulent checks at a TD Bank in Hempstead at 12:27 p.m. Thursday.

At 12:58 p.m., police said, Tyler cashed the second check at a TD Bank in Garden City.

But, police said, when Tyler attempted to cash the third check at the TD Bank in Franklin Square, the teller alerted her manager after discovering computer records of the transactions in Hempstead and Garden City. The manager then contacted police.

Tyler, who was arrested without incident, was awaiting arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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