Shirley man helps nab accused identity thief

A Shirley man who says he was targeted by a thief who not only stole money from his bank account, but also his son's identity,

BABYLON - A Shirley man who says he was targeted by a thief who not only stole money from his bank account, but also his son's identity, took matters into his own hands instead of relying on police.

Ronald Kocsi says two years ago, someone went to a Capital One bank in Babylon and produced a counter check for $4,500 drawn on his account and made out to his son. According to Kocsi, the thief then posed as his son by showing a stolen driver's license and walked away with the cash.

When Kocsi saw the cashed check, he says he recognized his signature from a bank form he signed 20 years ago.

"It was obvious to me the person who forged the check had access to Capital One files," he says.

Kocsi says additional money was stolen from his son's bank account. According to Kocsi, he got little help from the bank, but was able to gather enough evidence against former bank teller Bryan Martorana.

Martorana was later arrested and charged with forgery and identity theft. Kocsi says he and his son were able to recover all the stolen money.

Kocsi blames Capital One for trying to cover up for its employees. He hopes his story will encourage others to closely monitor their bank accounts.

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