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How a NY woman stole someone’s identity to get a $15K loan from Windsor Locks credit union

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How a NY woman stole someone’s identity to get a $15K loan from Windsor Locks credit union

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WINDSOR LOCKS — A New York City woman scammed a local credit union out of $15,000 by presenting a bold and convincing deceit, according to an arrest warrant released Tuesday.

Tameka Inge Lee Charles, 41, was arrested on charges of first-degree identity theft and second-degree larceny. Charles posted bail of $100,000 and is due in state Superior Court in Enfield on Aug. 30. Police say the Bronx resident also is a suspect in a pair of similar incidents in Delaware.

The complex Connecticut case began with an online loan application received on March 2, 2020 at the 360 Federal Credit Union on Ella Grasso Boulevard. The applicant provided a full name and address, Social Security number, date of birth, phone number and an email address that included part of the victim’s first name and complete last name.


The loan was approved and a woman later identified as Charles came into the credit union on March 27, police said. She produced a Connecticut driver’s license with her own photo and the victim’s name and received a check for $5,000 and a debit card for the $10,000 balance, the warrant stated. In the following weeks, $7,996 was withdrawn from the account using ATMs throughout New York City, according to the arrest warrant affidavit by Windsor Locks Detective Sgt. Jeff Lampson.

The victim, a Cheshire resident, reported her identity stolen on April 7…

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