Alleged scam artist posed as Army sergeant
A Connecticut man was arrested Thursday afternoon as he allegedly tried to cash a phony check wearing a phony U.S. Army sergeant’s uniform bought online.
Orlando Ramos-Cabrera, 18, was decked out in full uniform with
Special Forces and
Cavalry patches when he went into a bank in West Hartford, The Hartford Courant reported. But some of the police officers who responded to a call of a potential fraud in progress were veterans and quickly recognized that the uniform was as fake as Ramos-Cabrera’s check for $40,000 appeared to be.
Ramos-Cabrera, a Hartford resident, was allegedly driving a 2008 Dodge Charger he had just purchased from a dealer in East Hartford, police said. The car, allegedly paid for with another bad check, was seized by police.
Arrested at TD Bank North, Ramos-Cabrera was charged with first-degree larceny and illegal use of a uniform.