Brooklyn man tried to cash fake check using fake ID in Kearny, arrested and facing six identity and theft charges

Thomas DesAngus

KEARNY – A Brooklyn man was arrested Thursday after using false identification in attempt to cash a fraudulent check at Chase Bank on Kearny Ave.

On March 12th at around 4:30 p.m. Officers Pawlowski and Rakowski responded to Chase Bank on Kearny Ave. and Johnson Ave. on report of a suspicious person trying to cash a fraudulent check. Upon arrival police met with the man who was fumbling his words. He provided police with a NY driver’s license that read the name “David Abel” but when police asked him to spell out his name and address he was unable to do so and told police “well, it’s funny sounding,” according to officials. The officers then asked him to write his name and address on a piece of paper and the man had trouble doing this as well. He eventually wrote the street name but didn’t know the house number. It was determined that he provided police with a false driver’s license and that he was attempting to cash a fraudulent check. The manager of the Chase Bank location told police that the man brought the check in at around 11:30 a.m. but it did not have a name on it and appeared to be fraudulent so the bank did not accept it. The man then left but went back at around 4:30 p.m. and tried to cash the same check again. This time, the check had a name “David Abel” printed on it.

Thomas Des-Angus, 33 of Brooklyn, NY, was arrested and is facing charges for criminal attempted theft, identity theft, forgery, bad checks, false government documents, and hindering apprehension. Aside from having a false check and false NY driver’s license, Des-Angus also had a NY license belonging to an Erica Joseph.

He was transported to Hudson County Jail where his bail was set at $20,000 without a 10% option.