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    19-year-old charged with ATM fraud

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 20, 2000

    PALM HARBOR -- A 19-year-old Palm Harbor man is accused of inflating a bank account with a bogus ATM deposit and then withdrawing $600 against the account.

    Nicholas S. Scaffidi of 1584 Powder Ridge Drive is charged with uttering a forged instrument, grand theft and deposit with intent to defraud. According to Pinellas County sheriff's affidavits, Scaffidi made three separate deposits in July into an account at the Pinellas County Teachers Credit Union in Largo via an ATM. The entered amount of the deposit was $12,600, though only $2 was actually deposited, the reports state.

    The affidavit alleges Scaffidi fraudulently inflated the balance of the account, allowing him to withdraw $600 from the account, which was not his.

    According to Sheriff's Office reports, Scaffidi also entered a SunTrust Bank in Largo in January and attempted to open a checking account with a forged check for $500,000. He fled the bank when it was discovered the funds were not available, authorities said.

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