Thursday, February 21, 2013
Bank tellers kept a woman occupied until police were able to arrest her for allegedly trying to pass a bad check.
A Newark, N.J. woman was arrested by Middletown police and stands accused of trying to cash a bad check at local bank branches. Jennifer Andujar, 20, is charged with forgery, false identifictaion to law enforcement and bad checks. Police report they were summoned to the TD Bank on East Lincoln Highway in the Langhorne section of Middletown Saturday morning for a report of a fraud in progress. A bank teller kept the 20-year-old engaged in conversation until police arrived and were able to question her, police said. According to an affidavit, an officer began speaking with the suspect and told her not to give false information. She then identified herself as Catherine Andujar and provided a false date of birth, officials said. The bank was …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Customers purchase pre-paid debit cards that are then drained by fraudsters, the company said.
Thursday, January 17
A scam in which PECO customers are misled into purchasing pre-paid debit cards which are then drained of funds is targeting the Philadelphia region, the electric and gas utility said Thursday. In the scam, customers are contacted by persons who claim to work for PECO and informed that they must make an immediate payment in order to avoid their electricity being shut off. The phony employee then instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit card from a convenience store or similar location, then to provide that card's number. The fraud operators then drain the funds on the card. “We want to make our customers aware of this scam so they can protect themselves from becoming victims of this and other fraudulent activities,” said Mark …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Montgomery County District Attorney Ferman says ringleaders lived lavish lifestyles.
[This article was updated at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7] Five people have been arrested and warrants issued for 17 others in an elaborate scheme to defraud Comcast of more than $2.4 million between April 2011 and April 2012, the Montgomery County District Attorney's office said Tuesday. The district attorney's office said Alston Buchanan, 28; Leighton Harrell, 26; Kendall Singleton, 26; and Richard Justin Spraggins, 29, all of Philadelphia; and Nicholas Caputo, 31, of Virginia Beach, Va., were "top members of an elaborate criminal organization" that led Comcast customers to make one-time payments to them in exchange for a one-time reduction in their Comcast service bills. "This is a corrupt organization involving a number of individuals …