Manchester residents charged with bank fraud

CONCORD – Ariel Mendoza, 26, Angel Forteza-Concepcion, 18, and Katyushkanair Baez Vega, 18, all of Manchester, face charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said.

An indictment unsealed last week alleges Mendoza and Forteza-Concepcion knowingly deposited stolen checks and money orders to bank accounts at Service Credit Union, TD Bank, Bank of America, and St. Mary’s Bank. The indictment also alleges Mendoza and Forteza-Concepcion used the proceeds of the fraudulent deposits to withdraw cash from the accounts and conduct debit card purchases with ATM cards assigned to the accounts. The indictment also charges Mendoza with stealing a check from a mailbox in Salem.

According to a second indictment, Mendoza and Baez Vega deposited stolen checks and money orders to bank accounts. This indictment also alleges Mendoza and Baez Vega used the proceeds of the fraudulent deposits to withdraw cash from the accounts and conduct debit card purchases with ATM cards assigned to the accounts.

Mendoza and Forteza-Concepcion were arrested Aug. 4 in Federal Heights, Colorado. Baez Vega was arrested Aug. 9 in Concord.

The cases are being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Manchester Police Department, and the Salem Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Kinsella.