WEST ORANGE, NJ — Identity theft, theft by deception and fraud were among the cases that the West Orange Police Department fielded in the first two weeks of October.

On Oct. 6, a West Orange resident reported to police a fraudulently filed W-2 tax form and wages. The person told police that in September he received a letter from the Social Security Administration requesting more information regarding work since January 2018 and inquiring whether he was still eligible for disability benefits.

According to police, the letter indicated yearly earnings for 2018 from a supposed employer that the person said he never actually worked for. The IRS confirmed that fraudulent earnings were filed through a W-2 Wage and Tax Statement for the year 2018.

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On Oct. 8, a West Orange man told police that he was contacted last May by phone by a man who identified himself as "Steve" from a mortgage company who told him that he was eligible for a modification on his current mortgage. The man who received the call stated that in order to avoid the threat of bankruptcy, he went into business with the man on the phone.

Between July and September the man made $8,400 in payments to "Steve" by telephone using American Express gift cards. When the man notified his attorney of these new mortgage dealings, he discovered that his mortgage company had not received any payments from him since he started paying "Steve." When the attorney of the man filing the report with police attempted to contact "Steve" himself, "Steve" refused to provide any further information about the "mortgage."

On Oct, 10, a West Orange High School student made a purchase at Dunkin' Donuts on Pleasant Valley Way. Later in the day he noticed that his debit card was missing and that there were four fraudulent charges on the missing car