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Man Arrested After Using Fake ID in Attempting to Withdraw Large Wire Transfer


Around 12:10 in the afternoon back on Wednesday, December 6th, a complaint came into the Cortland Police Department from the KeyBank at 1 N. Main Street in the City of Cortland.

The complaint was about a person coming into the bank and then using a fake ID to attempt to check on his $25,000 wire transfer. They then attempted to withdraw a large amount of cash from an account belonging to another person.

A bank teller at the bank discovered the ID to be fake, the suspect eventually became nervous and left the bank before police could arrive. KeyBank then sent out a warning via email to area banks warning of the scam.

A little while later the suspect then walked into the KeyBank on Main Street in the Village of Homer. While at the bank he was taken into custody by officers.

Cortland Police have identified the suspect as 40 year old Alexander J. Bernstein. He faces charges of Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd, Identity Theft in the 2nd, Attempted Grand Larceny in the 3rd, all Felonies, and Conspiracy in the 5th, a Misdemeanor.

He was taken to Cortland County Jail on no bail. Cortland Police say additional charges are expected by Homer Police. CPD was assisted by Homer Police in the investigation.

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