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Clarkstown Police: Pair In ID Thefts Scammed Thousands From Banks

Leslie Kommu, Amit Jain
Leslie Kommu, Amit Jain Photo Credit: COURTESY: Clarkstown PD

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- Clarkstown police worked with several agencies to smash an identity theft scam, arresting a New City bank manager on Friday and his accused accomplice after he stepped off a plane from India in Newark last week.

Leslie Kommu, 51, and Amit Jain, 43, of North Bergen, forged documents to secure lines of credit from First Niagara Bank in Nanuet, where Kommu worked as an assistant manager, Public Information Officer Peter Walker said Monday.

Their victims include two women, one ,74, from New City, who had an $8,000 account opened in her name and the other, 24, from Illinois, who had a $25,000 account opened in her name, he said.

Clarkstown worked with agencies from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, U.S Customs, Port Authority police and investigators from First Niagara after the pair drained the bogus accounts, Walker said.

They arrested Kommu, while U.S. Customs agents at Newark Airport took Jain into custody. Jain remained held in the Essex County Jail pending extradition.

Both are charged with grand larceny, forgery and identity theft.

Kommus is also charged with falsifying business records, Walker said.

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