NEW YORK — A New York Police Department detective is being accused of scheming to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from victim’s bank accounts.
Federal authorities say Michael Bonanno was arrested Tuesday on charges of bank fraud, identity theft and other charges. He works in the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Unit.
Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.
Prosecutors say Bonanno and a co-conspirator made unauthorized wire transfers from victims’ bank accounts to accounts controlled by him. They say he used the money to make payments on his credit card and home mortgage.
In total, prosecutors say Bonanno and his co-conspirator attempted over $1 million in fraudulent wire transfers and cashed over $68,000 in forged checks.
The 44-year-old Staten Island man faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.