N.Y. man arrested for check kiting scam with fake passports

September 17, 2014

Federal agents arrested a Westchester County, N.Y., man on Sept. 11 accused of a check-kiting scheme that cost banks $130,000 in losses by using fake passports to set up bank accounts.

The man, identified only as Shin, started check kiting — fraud involving bogus checks deposited to withdraw nonexistent funds from an account — in 2011 at a Bank of America in Westchester County, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.

Shin continued to fraud banks in October and December of 2011 and in January and March of 2012, the FBI said.

He was reported by a bank employee in Bronxville, N.Y., in May 2012 after he attempted to open another account with a Nevada identification card.