CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – Two Brooklyn residents have been arrested and face a number of felony charges after an identity theft investigation.
New York State Police say they arrested Ronice Sahadeo, 32, and Antoine Barksdale, 25, after they received a report from the Sunmark Federal Credit Union in Halfmoon about people trying to get a person loan using fraudulent identification and paperwork.
The Credit Union told police that the subjects were applying for a $25,000 loan on September 30. As Troopers arrived to the scene, the suspects had left the bank.
An investigation into the report showed the Colonie Police Department had similar reports at other local Credit Unions. Authorities compared video surveillance footage which revealed one of the female suspects in the Halfmoon case was the same woman involved in a number of cases in Colonie. She was identified as Ronice Sahadeo.
On October 1, Sahadeo inquired about the status of her loan with the Halfmoon Sunmark Federal Credit Union. Police say that on October 2 she attempted to withdraw money from a fraudulent loan she obtained though SEFCU in Glenville but was denied due to suspicious activity. The SEFCU contacted the Glenville PD who located Sahadeo's vehicle heading towards the Halfmoon Credit Union.
Sahadeo was arrested and turned over to State Police on Wednesday along with Barksdale, who was also in her vehicle.
A search of the vehicle led police to find a number of items which could be connected to an elaborate identity theft ring. They also found $23,000 in cash from a number of SEFCU branches.
Police determined there are individual victims from Clifton Park, NY, Webster, NY, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Sahadeo has been charged with Attempted Grand Larceny in the third degree, Forgery in the second degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the second degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the third degree, and Attempted Identity Theft in the first degree.
Barksdale was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the third degree.
Additional charges are pending through State Police in Clifton Park, the Colonie Police Department, the Glenville Police Department, and the Schenectady Police Department.
Sahadeo and Barksdale have been arraigned and were sent to Saratoga County Jail with no bail. They are both scheduled to be in court on October 9.
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