Prosecutors: Coram man stole from deceased
Nassau County prosecutors say a Coram man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing the identities of at least two people after they passed away.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says 27-year-old Ben Achampong stole more than $20,000 from residents at a Glen Cove group home for developmentally disabled adults after they died. Achampong, who worked as a supervisor at the home, allegedly stole personal information from the home's computer records to obtain money to pay his bills. Prosecutors say Achampong also got a debit card in a deceased resident's name.
Achampong has been charged with identity theft in the first-degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument, falsifying business records and criminal possession of stolen property. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
He will be arraigned Thursday at District Court in Hempstead.