Fake check scam may have included attempts to buy real estate

Bridgeport men arrested for allegedly purchasing cars using fake checks may also have been in the real estate market.

A real estate agent contacted Fairfield police on Thursday, Aug. 2, reporting that she was approached two weeks ago by a person who said he represented someone interested in buying several properties.

The person who approached the agent was reportedly named Desmond Pollard.

Desmond Pollard, 21, was one of three Bridgeport men arrested Thursday, July 26, when he allegedly attempted to buy a car from Audi of Fairfield using a check created on a home computer and printed on a desktop printer. He and two other men had successfully purchased cars from two other area dealerships using similar fake checks.

The real estate agent told police that Pollard expressed interest in a condominium on Stone Ridge Way, near Route 1 and the Fairfield Metro train station, and presented a proof of funds letter from Excel Credit Union.

Excel Credit Union was the name of the financial institution printed on the fake checks passed to purchase cars.

Pollard presented a check for $1,242, and another for $5,350 from another bank for deposit.

When one check bounced, the real estate agent called Excel Credit Union to discuss the other documents.

No charges have yet been filed in this latest report, which would have preceded the purchase of cars for which the trio has been arrested.

Anyone who may have been approached by the men seeking to make a purchase with the fake checks is asked to call the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840.

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