We often think of bank robbers as masked men waving guns who terrorize bank staff into handing over the bank’s money. But Darryl Iverson Mangum, 49, of the Bronx, NY, used a different method to steal almost $20,000 from five different TD Bank branches, including the one in Gorham, during a four-hour period on October 12.
In addition to Gorham, he went to two Portland branches, one in Standish and one in Windham where he was taken into custody. Mangum produced photo identification and personal ID with the account holders’ names. In Standish, he withdrew $4,700 before the TD Bank Fraud Division notified the branch that the man who had received the money was not the actual account holder. They had contacted the owner of the account and he told police he had not made a withdrawal.
Prior to this, Gorham TD Bank had reported a suspicious $4,800 withdrawal which was also found to be fraudulent. All TD Bank branches in the area were alerted but Mangum had completed his transaction in Standish before the alert came in.
Mangum was apprehended as he was leaving the TD Bank branch in Windham. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office along with Gorham, Westbrook and Portland Police Departments are looking to connect Mangum to other similar fraudulent activities both locally and throughout New England. The FBI has also been apprised of these incidents. None of the account holders whose funds were misappropriated were Maine residents. Deputy Chief Chris Sanborn noted, “This crime represents a new level of sophistication.” There are additional suspects in the case and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department is handling all charges.