Monroe man loses close to $200,000 in Bitcoin scam

MONROE, CT — A 43-year-old Monroe man told police he met a woman online, who shared a proposal to make extra money with Bitcoin. He thought he made $80,000 on his investment, but when he went to cash in, “taxes and late fees” led to a total loss of close to $200,000, according to police.

Police said the scam artist directed the victim to a website where he could be added to a crypto wallet to pay the taxes and fees she said he owed to her directly in cryptocurrency.

Lt. Kevin McKellick said not to send money to people you don’t know and to make exchanges in person when possible. He reminds residents: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“The dark web and cryptocurrency sites are full of schemes and scams and people trying to separate you from your money,” McKellick warns.

The Monroe Police Detective Division is following up on the case. The complaint was made on June 17.

Head-on collision

Both drivers were hospitalized after a head-on collision in the 100-block of Main Street (Route 25) Tuesday evening.

At approximately 5:40 p.m., police said a 28-year-old Danbury man was heading north on Route 25 in his 2005 Acura MDX, when his vehicle went over the double yellow center line and struck a Mitsubishi Fuso FE640 heading south.

The truck driver, a 34-year-old Stratford man, told officers he saw the Acura cross over the center line and swerved to his right, but was unable to prevent the crash, according to the report.

Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel responded to the accident and the Stratford man was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Danbury driver to Bridgeport Hospital.

The Danbury driver was issued an infraction for failure to drive in the proper lane and driving without a license.

Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage.

Thefts from vehicles

Officers responded to two complaints of thefts from motor vehicles Wednesday. Police remind drivers to lock their car doors and not to leave valuables inside.

At 6:06 a.m., a Farm View Road resident told police her Ring camera footage showed someone attempt to open her husband’s vehicle door around 4:45 a.m.

The door was locked, so the thief tried the woman’s vehicle, which was unlocked, stole a wallet and ran back to a waiting vehicle, police said, adding the wallet contained credit cards and cash.

Then at 8:19 a.m., an Old Newtown Road man, age 61, told police someone went into his unlocked vehicle when it was parked in his driveway sometime overnight and stole his wallet.

The wallet contained various credit and debit cards and a bit of cash, police said, adding the victim already canceled his stolen cards.

Bogus AT&T account

A 41-year-old Monroe man learned someone opened a fraudulent AT&T Mobility account in his name after the outstanding $631 bill went into collections and lowered his credit rating, according to a complaint filed with police on June 18.

The victim told officers he never had an account with AT&T. He filed the police report and AT&T’s fraud unit is investigating the fraud complaint.

Police advised the victim to contact all three major credit bureaus to have his credit monitored.

Minor crash leads to arrest

A 23-year-old Woodbury man turned himself in on a warrant charging him with failure to maintain minimum insurance on a motor vehicle June 14, after his father was involved in a fender bender, while using his 1999 Ford Ranger on May 14.

He was released after posting seven percent of his $500 bond.

On May 14, officers responded to a two-vehicle-accident on Main Street, near Victoria Drive, around 4:33 p.m.

A woman told officers she was driving south on Route 25 in her 2019 Nissan Armada, when she felt the impact from someone striking her rear bumper. It was a 1999 Ford Ranger.

Both drivers exited the vehicles to exchange information and the woman told police the other driver, age 52, told her he’d pay for the damage out-of-pocket, before leaving the scene.

The Woodbury man’s father received an infraction for following too closely.

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