Police: Seneca Falls man stole $178K from relatives, faces felony identity theft charges

Auburn Police say a Seneca Falls man has been charged with eight felonies in Cayuga County altering using false identities to withdraw and steal nearly $20,000 in cash and secure $160,000 in personal loans with the information.

Raymond J. Tortorello Jr., 29, of Seneca Falls was arrested on Sunday around 7:30 pm and charged with seven counts of first-degree identity theft and one count of third-degree grand larceny. All of the charges are Class D felonies, according to police.

The crimes began in June 2015, according to police who said Tortorello used his grandfather’s identity to get a $25,000 loan from Cross River Bank. He then used that identity to draw $18,000 in cash from an M&T bank ATM.

Later that year he purchased a 2015 GMC Denali pickup truck for $70,000 and took out another $17,000 loan – all continuing to use his grandfather’s name.

In June 2016, Tortorello secured three more loans totaling $48,000 using another relative’s name.

He was remanded to the Cayuga County Jail.

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