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Bad check leads to charges filed against man with up to 32 aliases, police say

Posted 12/20/17

Middletown police have filed bad check and other charges against a borough man who reportedly has used as many as 32 fake names in the past.

Abe Awad Dessouki, 54, of the 100 block of Adelia …

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Bad check leads to charges filed against man with up to 32 aliases, police say

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Middletown police have filed bad check and other charges against a borough man who reportedly has used as many as 32 fake names in the past.

Abe Awad Dessouki, 54, of the 100 block of Adelia Street, has also used multiple dates of birth and Social Security numbers, according to arrest papers borough police filed on Dec. 14 with District Judge David Judy.

The investigation was prompted by a bad check that Dessouki had allegedly written for $50 which was returned from Citizens Bank on Sept. 7, 2017, marked “unable to locate,” police said.

Borough police started their own investigation on Dec. 6, following a referral from Members 1st in Middletown after Dessouki had presented a check for $1,000. He deposited $700 in his savings account and took the remaining $300 as cash, according to police.

The check was written to Dessouki by an Abdel Ibrahim, who was supposedly residing at the same address as Dessouki. However, an investigation found that Dessouki and Ibrahim are the same person, police said.

A forwarding address in Columbus, Ohio for Dessouki was identified through Dessouki having an electric account with Middletown borough.

Borough police also contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about Dessouki through the Department of Homeland Security.

The federal agents told borough police that “several businesses” listed in their report as being owned by Dessouki appear “questionable.”

Police have charged Dessouki with bad checks, using fraudulent documents, and theft by deception. However, Dessouki has not yet been arrested, according to online court documents.

He awaits a preliminary hearing before Judy, but no date for the hearing has been set.

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