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2 wanted in $49K ID theft case

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James K. Brown (left) and Larry Popoola James K. Brown (left) and Larry Popoola
ETTERS, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police have arrest warrants for two men suspected in a wire fraud incident where a York County man had $49,000 transferred out of his bank account.

James K. Brown, 53, and Larry Popoola, 43, both of the Chicago area, face charges including identity theft, computer trespass, theft and conspiracy.

Newberry Township police said the victim's money was transferred to a bank account in Brown's name in August and that Popoola withdrew cash from the account.

Investigators believe Popoola was also involved in the unauthorized transfer of the funds, which occurred when someone called the township resident's telephone company, reported a problem with his home phone service, and requested all calls be transferred to another number.

The suspects then initiated the unauthorized wire transfer using the victim's personal information and alternate phone number to confirm the transfer, police said.

Once the crime was committed, the victim's telephone provider received another call indicating that forwarding could be discontinued, police said.

 

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