Cops: Bohemia woman charged with ID theft

04/02/2013 5:00 PM |

FILE PHOTO | A Boheima woman allegedly cashed in another woman’s personal checks for more than $4,000 at a Chase Bank in Riverhead.

A Bohemia woman is being held without bail after being charged with six felony counts of identity theft last Wednesday, police said.

Carmeita Contavalle, 35, allegedly presenting herself as another woman at Chase Bank in Riverhead, according to court documents. Ms. Contavalle used personal checks in the other woman’s name that were made out to cash; she obtained about $4,050 between Feb. 16. and March 6, according to documents.

Her charges include first-degree identity theft, which is a class “D” felony punishable by up to seven years in state prison, according to state law.

Ms. Contavalle is also being charged with five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument — also a class “D” felony — for forged personal checks signed using the woman’s name, police said.

She is also charged with four counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, having been in possession of checks in the other woman’s name that were reported stolen Feb. 18, according to the report.

The fifth- degree criminal possession of stolen property charge is a class “A” misdemeanor, according to state law.

Ms. Contavalle was being held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $25,000 bail, though officials at the jail said Ms. Contavalle is now ineligible of being released on bail. It was not clear why.

cmiller@timesreview.com

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