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Cops: Lynbrook woman stole $17G from victim's account

A fraud scheme that saw suspects steal bank account contact information, manipulate accounts through their cell phones, make wire transfers via the Internet, then raid accounts with ATM withdrawals in a short period of time before the victims discovered the theft, have led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Lynbrook woman.

Nassau County police said Samirra Smith, of 30 Forest Ave., Apt. 2 A, was arrested in Westbury Wednesday evening and charged with third-degree grand larceny. She is scheduled to appear for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said the thefts, which occurred March 7, centered on a money transfer of $17,622 from one victim's account.

Police said once the transfer was made, Smith went to various Bank of America branches - and made withdrawals.

It was unclear how much of the transferred money was taken - or what happened to the amount left behind.

Police said Thursday they are still seeking an accomplice, but did not say how soon they expect to make an arrest.

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