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Police: Man used forged license to cash checks

A Freeport man has been arrested and charged with stealing a California man's identity and using a forged driver's license to cash checks at a Citibank branch, Nassau police said.

Police said Emanuel G. Hernandez, 23, walked into a Citibank at 320 Merrick Rd. in Lynbrook on Tuesday morning and tried to cash a check using a forged California driver's license. A police spokeswoman said Hernandez stole the man's identity and forged the license so that it had his picture on it.

Hernandez was recognized as the same person who came to the Citibank on Thursday and cashed a check for $2,000 using the same driver's license as identification, police said.

The Lynbrook Police Department was called and Hernandez was arrested at 9:50 a.m. Police found that he had the forged California driver's license and $600 in cash on him, which was returned to the bank.

Hernandez, of 76 Bergen Pl., is charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument, second-degree forgery, first-degree identity theft and fourth-degree grand larceny. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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