Police: Suspect impersonated Paul Simon

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- New York police said they arrested a man who allegedly tried to withdraw money from Paul Simon's bank account by impersonating the musician.

Police sources said Rafael Ramos, 54, attempted to withdraw $4,300 from Simon's account at a Citibank branch Wednesday using the recording artist's name, bank account number and Social Security number, the New York Post reported Thursday.


However, the bank teller was familiar with Simon's work and recognized that the 6-foot-1 Ramos was 10 inches taller and years younger than Simon.

Ramos fled the bank but was arrested a short time later. Police said he was in possession of a forged driver's license and credit card bearing Simon's name.

The suspect was charged with attempted larceny and hospitalized for depression.

Simon told police he does not know Ramos and investigators said they do not know how the suspect got the singer's private information.

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