PATERSON, NJ - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes is warning senior citizens to protect themselves from a common phone scam by not wiring, transfering or sending money to strangers as a result of a telephone solicitation.

The warning comes after a Cherry Hill woman utilized a Paterson bank account to scam a senior citizen in Texas out of $6,200.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Greisy Breton, 40, was arrested by members of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit and charged with theft.

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The report states that Breton participated in a scam where individuals were contacted by telephone and told that a relative was in trouble and needed bail to be released from jail. The victim was among those contacted and persuaded to wire $6,200 into a bank account controlled by the suspect.

The charge carries a three to five year sentence in New Jersey State Prison.

 

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