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New Yorkers found with fake checks, debit cards that weren't theirs, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Nov 21 2013 11:46:11 AM CST
HANOVER TWP., Pa. -

Two New Yorkers are facing charges for having counterfeit checks and making a withdrawal with a debit card that wasn't theirs from a Northampton County bank, officials said.

One of the two is also in trouble for lying about his name and age and possessing drugs, officials added.

Kacy L. Waite and Cassandra J. Thomas were taken into custody while sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of the TD Bank branch at 3759 East Bath Pike, Hanover Township, around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

During a search of the vehicle, police found two TD Bank debit cards belonging to Sabrina Georges and Colwin A. Roberts inside the driver's door compartment as well as three ripped-up checks made out to Georges scattered on the driver's side floor and the ground outside of the driver's side door and an ATM receipt, officials said.

Waite was seen ripping up two of the checks as officers approached his vehicle, officials said.

The checks were drawn on a business account belonging to JNT Foods in Elmhurst, N.Y., but when officials contacted police in New York, they were told that the address for the business was non-existent, officials said.

The ATM receipt showed $20 was withdrawn at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday using the debit card belong to Georges, officials said.

Bank employees said Waite made the ATM withdrawal, officials noted.

When police questioned Waite, who was sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle, he told them his name was Kareem Rashad Grant and that he was 25 years old, officials said.

A piece of paper with marijuana was found on the driver's side floor, and flakes of marijuana were seen on Waite's lap, officials said.

Waite, 27, and Thomas, 20, of Brooklyn, were each arraigned early Thursday morning on charges of identity theft and conspiracy, court papers show.

Waite also was charged with access device fraud, giving false ID to police, tampering with evidence and drug possession, according to court documents.

Waite and Thomas were committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail each, court papers show.

Preliminary hearings for both are set for Dec. 5: Thomas' at 9 a.m. and Waite's at 9:30 a.m.