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Twp of Washington Senior Scammed out of $9,000

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Twp. of Washington  NJ, Twp of Washington Police report that a resident was the victim of the “Grandparet scam” . According to sources a 29-year-old Bornx man is faceing charges after police say he stole $9,000 from a senior citizen using a scam involving a phony car accident.

The 82-year-old victim contacted police earlier that day to report he’d received “several phone calls from an unknown person who stated his grandson was in a car accident with a pregnant woman and needed cash for medical treatment,”

Police have identified the perpetrator as Frederick De La Cruz 29 of the Bronx .De La Cruz was arrested Monday following an investigation by township detectives and charged with one count of theft by deception.

De La Cruz arrived with a woman at the man’s door step, where he was given $9,000 cash. Soon after, the senior citizen learned his grandson was not involved in a car crash.

News 12 reported that De La Cruz, an admitted member of the New York-based Trinitarios street gang, was charged with felony in connection with a November 2018 robbery and assault of an 18-year-old man at a Times Square subway station.

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