According to officials, the 35-year-old suspect took more than $4,300 from a male victim in Franklin, New Jersey.
The victim in was reportedly an acquaintance of the suspect. He claimed that he was tricked into cashing a check made out to the suspect. After he deposited the check at a Franklin bank, the victim allegedly handed the suspect cash equal to the value of the check.
As soon as the victim realized that the suspect had stopped payment on the check, he contacted local police.
The victim informed police that he had been scammed by the suspect on a number of other occasions.
Police began an investigation and eventually obtained enough evidence to issue a warrant for the suspect’s arrest. However, detectives were unable to locate her. Local authorities then issued an alert and asked the public to be on the lookout for the suspect.
The suspect was later spotted by police officers as she walked near the Franklin Police Department. Police arrested her without incident.
The suspect has been charged with the very serious criminal offense of theft by deception.
If the suspect is eventually convicted, she would be subject to severe penalties. N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4 stipulates that anyone who purposely deceives another person by creating or reinforcing a false impression as to the value of property in an amount exceeding $500 may be charged with a third degree criminal offense. A conviction on third degree theft by deception charges can potentially lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
Officials believe that the suspect might have committed several other fraudulent acts in New Jersey. Anyone who may have been victimized by the suspect should contact Franklin detectives at 973-827-7700 ext. 231.
Sussex County Theft Charges in Franklin NJ
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Sussex County Jail in Newton, NJ. She is being held at the correctional facility in lieu of $15,000 bail.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Franklin Police Nab Woman Who Allegedly Stole Thousands.”