$36K Stolen from Brooklyn Academy of Music Using Bogus Checks, Police Say

By Janet Upadhye on August 20, 2014 4:32pm 

 Police are investigating $36,656.16 withdrawn from BAM's business account with fraudulent checks.
Police are investigating $36,656.16 withdrawn from BAM's business account with fraudulent checks.
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FORT GREENE — More than $36,000 was stolen from the Brooklyn Academy of Music's business account in a case of check fraud, according to police.

The money, totaling $36,656.16, was withdrawn from the theater's account using phony checks and deposited into another account between the dates of July 30 and Aug. 5, police said.

BAM filed a police report for the missing money on Aug. 11 after Bank of America notified them of the fraudulent withdrawals, according to police.

Police could not provide details on how many checks were cashed, where they were deposited, or who wrote them. The investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Officials at BAM declined to comment until the investigation is concluded.

Bank of America did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, the bank states on its website, "Today, anyone intent on committing check fraud can easily do so through inexpensive software programs once they have obtained account information."

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