NY Mayor Bloomberg Target of Identity Theft: DA


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the victim of identity theft, according to the New York County District Attorney's office.

The Manhattan DA's office said in a release Tuesday it charged two men with stealing funds from the mayor's personal financial accounts.

Officials charged Charles Nelson with grand larceny and identity theft, alleging that Nelson stole $10,000 from one of Bloomberg's personal accounts on May 11. Nelson's theft was discovered after Nelson attempted to transfer the money from the mayor's Bank of America account to his own E*Trade account, authorities said.

A computer, documents and two guns were also recovered when Nelson was arrested, according to the DA's office.

Investigators also alleged that a New Jersey man attempted to steal $420,000 from Bloomberg's Bank of America accounts through forged checks. The Mayor's personal account information appeared on two large checks that Odalis Bostic tried to cash last June, authorities said.

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