A man who identified himself as a 27-year-old resident o Great Britain was arrested and charged with bank fraud yesterday after a Baltimore woman complained to the FBI that he had conned her into cashing a stolen $89,000 check.
Thomas Fennessey, who gave his address as London, England, was taken into custody at a Towson motel where he had arranged to meet the woman but instead met FBI officers. The FBI had issued a warrant for Fennessey's arrest after the woman reported in a signed affidavit that Fennessey had swindled her.
The woman, who was not identified, told FBI officers that she had known Fennessey for three months when he asked her to cash an insurance check through her Maryland National Bank account since he did not have an account of his own.
According to the affidavit, the woman deposited a check for $89,712 in her account on June 12th under Fennessey's direction. Two days later, the woman followed Fennessey's instructions to withdraw $14,000 in cash, and three cashier's checks in the amounts of $15,000, $25,000, and $35,000.
The $15,000 cashier's check was made out to Fennessey, and the other two were made out to names that the FBI believes are fictitious.
On June 26, Maryland National Bank was notified by the Lexington Insurance Company in England and the Chase Bank in England that the check had been stolen.
Fennessey contacted the woman last week, and she agreed to meet him at a Towson motel. She notified the FBI and stayed away from the scene while FBI officers arrested him at 1:30 p.m.
FBI officials said Fennessey, who also gave them several New York addresses, may be providing a false identity. He was to be taken before a U.S. magistrate today.