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Bedford Police Help County Uncover ID Theft Scheme

Justin Sutton. Photo credit: Westchester County District Attorney's office.
Justin Sutton. Photo credit: Westchester County District Attorney's office.
Justin Sutton, 26, of Newburgh was convicted this week of several counts of fraud, identity theft and grand larceny in connection with the theft of about $9,000 worth of merchandise from stores in Westchester County, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

The thefts occurred in 2012, and investigation by the Westchester County Police Department, the Bedford Police Department, and the Westchester County District Attorney's Office ultimately uncovered the full extent of the defendant's scheme, the DA's office said.

DiFiore's office issued this announcement about the case:

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Justin Sutton DOB (08/12/87) of 497 Liberty Street, Newburgh, New York was convicted of all four counts in the indictment charging him with:

  • two counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree, class “D” Felonies,
  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, class “D” Felony,
  • one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.
  • Between September 27, 2012 and October 1, 2012, the defendant stole cash and went on a shopping spree with his victim’s money. He engaged in a scheme in which he repeatedly used the personal identifying information of two his victims, including their business debit ATM cards, to make unauthorized ATM withdrawals and unauthorized purchase withdrawals.  

    The defendant’s unlawful use and attempted use of stolen personal information occurred at various banks and businesses throughout Westchester County, including J.P. Morgan Chase Bank branches in the City of Peekskill and the Town of Yorktown; a Mahopac National Bank branch in the City of Yonkers; a “True Religion Brand Jeans” store in the City of White Plains; a Nieman Marcus store in the City of White Plains; “The Loop” store in the City of Yonkers; and a Wal-Mart store in the City of White Plains.

    The total amount of the larceny was approximately $9,000.

    His scheme first came to light when alert store employees at the Nieman Marcus store in White Plains realized the defendant was attempting to use stolen business debit cards to purchase two pairs of Prada shoes worth over $800. 

    Further investigation by the Westchester County Police Department, the Bedford Police Department, and the Westchester County District Attorney's Office ultimately uncovered the full extent of the defendant's scheme.

    The defendant was arrested by the Westchester County Police.

    Following his arrest, the defendant refused to be represented by an attorney and instead chose to represent himself and present his own defense at trial.

    Sentencing will be on June 4th, 2014.

    He faces a maximum sentence of fourteen years in state prison.

    Assistant District Attorney Brian Fitzgerald of the Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case.


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