He wrote bad checks on a closed account, stealing almost $20,000 from a Valley Stream credit union, police said.

Now, James Caban, 56, of Newell Road, Merrick, is under arrest, charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny, two counts of issuing bad checks and multiple vehicle and traffic law infractions — those from a previous open warrant.

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Nassau County police said Caban was arrested Monday after an investigation into the incidents, which occurred in April.

Police said that on April 6, Caban entered the Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union on East Merrick Road and, on two occasions, used fraudulent lines of credit and checks from a closed account to withdraw a total of $19,500.

He was arrested after an investigation by Crimes Against Property Squad detectives and faces arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.