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Bergen County detectives charge Jersey City man with operating $200,000 ID theft ring


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Armed with a Bergen County warrant, Hudson County Sheriff’s officers today arrested a Jersey City man charged in a ID theft ring that fleeced victims of two banks of more than $200,000.

Jonathan Figueroa, 27, was wanted on an arrest warrant obtained after investigators arrested two female co-defendants in March, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon.

Figueroa recuited Aixa Rivera, 48, of Hoboken, and Lourdes Olivera, 27, of Waterbury, CT, ” to work for him in account takeover schemes at various JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo Bank branches throughout New York and New Jersey,” Molinelli said.

Both were “provided with multiple, different, fake identification documents (i.e., driver’s licenses), which they uttered at various banks in the area to make illegal withdrawals from victims’ bank accounts,” he said.

“Each of the fake identification documents they presented to the bank tellers corresponded to real account holders at each of the banks,” Molinelli said.

Rivera and Olivera were both charged with theft by deception, impersonation and uttering a forged document.

Olivera also was charged with fraudulently using items containing another’s personal identification.

Figueroa also was charged with the same counts, in addition to conspiracy.

He was being held on $75,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.

Molinelli thanked the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Jersey City Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.


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