Franklin New Jersey police arrested a Passaic woman who allegedly stole thousands of dollars in a scam.
The 35-year-old suspect had been sought by authorities after an alert was issued to the public. According to officials, the suspect stole more than $4,300 from a man in Franklin, NJ.
The victim in the case was an acquaintance of the suspect. He was allegedly duped by the suspect into cashing a check that had been made out to the suspect. After depositing the check at a Franklin NJ bank, he gave the suspect cash in an amount equal to the value of the check.
When the victim learned that the suspect had stopped payment on the check before it cleared, he alerted local police.
The victim also told police that he had been scammed by the suspect on several other occasions.
Police began an investigation and searched for the suspect. A warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest, but police could not find her. Authorities later issued an alert for the public to be on the lookout for her.
Remarkably, the suspect was later spotted by police while she walked near the Franklin police station. The suspect was placed under arrest without incident and charged with theft by deception.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the theft charges, she faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, anyone who purposely deceives another person by creating or reinforcing a false impression as to the value of property in an amount exceeding $500 can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree theft by deception charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Authorities believe that the suspect may have been involved in numerous other fraudulent incidents in New Jersey. Anyone who was victimized by the suspect is asked to get in touch with Franklin detectives at 973-827-7700 ext. 231.
After being arrested and processed for this incident, the suspect was taken to the Sussex County Jail in Newton, New Jersey. She is being held at the facility on a $15,000 bail amount.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Franklin Police Nab Woman Who Allegedly Stole Thousands.”