Bergen County NJ Suspects Accused of Fraud, Charged with Theft by Deception
Four people, including three residents of Bergen County NJ, have been charged with fraud crimes after investigators reportedly determined that they had taken part in multiple medical investment schemes.
According to the NJ Attorney General’s Office, the suspects stole approximately $350K from victims who wanted to invest in medical facilities.
Three of the suspects allegedly stole $250,000 from a doctor who thought that he was investing in a surgical center.
A second scheme was allegedly perpetrated by at least two of the suspects, who reportedly talked a married couple into investing $100K in a blood-testing laboratory. According to prosecutors, the suspects lied to the victims and said that they were the co-owners of the lab. Although one of the suspects did work in the lab, he did not have an ownership stake.
Law enforcement became aware of the alleged fraud while investigating a different fraud scheme involving a father and son from Bergen County, New Jersey. That scheme reportedly involved the theft of approximately $3 million from 15 different investors.
Three of the suspects are from Wyckoff, Park Ridge, and Ridgewood, respectively, while the fourth suspect is from New York.
One suspect has been charged with first degree money laundering and racketeering. The other suspects have been charged with second degree theft by deception, money laundering, and conspiracy.
After the arrests were made and the charges were filed, NJ Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy issued a statement. Lougy said that the suspects in the case were “really nothing but hustlers and con artists” and he stated that prosecutors would be seeking harsh penalties.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “4 Charged with Stealing $350K in Bogus Medical Scheme.”