ID fraud pulled from lost wallet
Let this be a lesson: if your wallet is ever stolen, there are some thieves who will take far more than just your cash or credit cards.
A Herkimer County man who admitted to using a stolen driver’s license and Social Security card to open a fake bank account and write more than $10,000 in bad checks is scheduled to be sentenced in City Court on June 17.
Emil H. Streeter, 45, of 2718 Welshbush Road, Frankfort, pleaded guilty before Judge Daniel C. Wilson Wednesday to third-degree identity theft, reduced from first-degree. Charges of second-degree forgery and second-degree impersonation were dismissed.
State police said in April 2009, Streeter used another man’s stolen wallet, license and Social Security card to open a checking account at the Rome Savings Bank. The victim is from Hamilton, and he told investigators that he lost his wallet at the Ice Plex at SUNY Morrisville on Feb. 19. He said he did not immediately report the theft, but cancelled his credit cards.
Streeter told state police that he found the wallet in the snow at the Ice Plex, then kept it in the trunk of his car until late March before opening the checking account. State police said Streeter wrote a fake check for $5,104 worth of golf equipment at the Golf Galaxy in the Town of Dewitt in Onondaga County. Troopers said he also wrote bad paper for $6,642 for a gold Rolex watch at Henry Wilson Jewelry Store at the DestiNYUSA mall in Syracuse. The victim told investigators that he eventually received a notice from Rome Savings Bank that this fake checking account was grossly overdrawn.
Also in City Court:
• Kevin J. Jalynski, 24, of 211 Crossgates Road, pleaded guilty to third-degree trespass, reduced from third-degree burglary, and fourth-degree mischief. Charges of third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and a second count of fourth-degree mischief were dismissed. His case was adjourned for sentencing to June 3.
Police said at 1:40 p.m. Dec. 16, Jalynski was in a violent, physical argument with his 28-year-old ex-girlfriend at her Riverside Drive residence. Police said Jalynski repeatedly punched the woman while she was holding her 2-year-old daughter. Police said he also pushed a table into the woman, causing her to fall backwards into a wall and smash her hand through a window. Police said Jalynski also broke her cell phone when she tried to call for help, and kicked in her front door.
• Victoria N. Blair, 21, of 716 Union St., pleaded guilty to petty larceny. Two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and an additional count of petty larceny were dismissed. Her case was adjourned for sentencing to April 23. Police said Blair, a clerk at the Citgo convenience store on Erie Boulevard West, gave away two $50 pre-paid cards to a man on Sept. 26, and two $40 cards to him on Sept. 28. In a statement to police, Blair said the man was a former employee, and he told her he would pay her back in a week.
• Jessica A. Evans, 21, of 10368 Korber Road, Holland Patent, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Her case was adjourned to June 3. State police said at 6:55 a.m. Dec. 28, Evans was in a motor vehicle accident on Old River Road while intoxicated.
• The case of John W. Grass, 19, of 139 W. North St., charged with disorderly conduct, was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal to Oct. 22. Police said at 3:21 a.m. March 7, Grass refused to stop screaming obscenities outside Denny’s restaurant at 200 S. James St.