Member of fraud ring arrested in Cazenovia

Morrisville College student believed to have ties to NYC-based bank fraud group

— Folayaiye, a Morrisville College student, fled the area when he realized that the police were looking for him, Hayes said. However, Folayaiye called his professors and said he wanted to take his final exams, although he could not show up on campus for the tests. He was told he had to take the tests on campus for them to count. He returned to the Morrisville campus Wednesday, May 7, in order to take his final exams, where Morrisville Investigator Fran Lust was waiting for him, and Cazenovia Police Officer Rich Bennett arrested him.

“I was in the middle of taking my finals; I didn’t even get to finish my finals when they came in,” Folayaiye said during his arraignment.

During the investigation, police discovered related cases in Oneida and other areas of New York state, Hayes said. Because the different cases are located in different jurisdictions, the state police will continue the investigations outside of Cazenovia, and continue to work with Cazenovia on the local angles, he said.

“Without the cooperation of the university police and the state police, it would have been very difficult to track all the suspects down,” Hayes said. “Without the assistance and skills of the university police, we never would have gotten this kid; and on my staff, Officer Bennett went above and beyond for this case.”

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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