Police & Fire

Edison: Police Arrest Elizabeth Man in Identity Theft And Fraud Case

 EDISON, NJ - Detectives charged a 35-year-old Elizabeth man Friday with identity theft and fraud after a five-month joint investigation with Elizabeth police and U.S. Postal Inspectors, officials said in a press release.

Police said James C. Clay is being held without bail at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick after police arrested him at his home on Thursday and seized his computers, smartphones and other evidence that police Det. Jeff Tierney said may result in more criminal charges.

Edison police began their investigation last October after several Edison residents reported being the victims of identity theft, Tierney said.

Sign Up for E-News

Tierney said the victims’ online accounts were allegedly hacked, their mail was diverted, and loans and credit cards were allegedly applied for and received.

“This is a crime of the future, that’s here today,” Tierney said in the release. “The search warrant that Edison police received for Mr. Clay’s residence is one of the first in New Jersey ever issued to municipal police for an investigation into such a sophisticated identity theft case.”

Police Chief Thomas Bryan praised the arrest, saying “it’s no longer enough for municipal police departments to focus their effort on traditional thefts or ordinary burglaries.”

“I find it shameful that these days people’s finances can be hijacked and their identities stolen with a few computer keystrokes,” Chief Bryan said. “Edison police, I am proud to say, are taking a proactive approach to apprehend criminals behind these modern-day crimes.”

Tierney said the investigation and search warrants were accomplished with assistance and support from federal Postal Inspector Brenden Nally, Elizabeth police Det. James Szpond and Edison’s Criminal Investigation Bureau commanders Lt. Frank Todd and Sgt. Brian Mieczkowski, along with several of their detectives.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Edison

Police Blotter

November 13, 2016

Click here and scroll down for the latest updates and alerts from Edison Police.

<!-- end post --><!--Center Content Area Ends-->

Upcoming Events

Sun, March 26, 10:45 AM

North Plainfield

Sunday Morning Worship

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, March 26, 2:00 PM

Clark Public Library, Clark

Family Movie Matinee

Arts & Entertainment Government

Tue, March 28, 6:30 PM

Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub, Madison

"The Happy Book Happy Hour" with author Rachel ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Giving Back Health & Wellness

In Opposition to the American Health Care Act

March 23, 2017

For over 48 years I have protested unfairness, war and inequality.  Over the years I have rarely felt as horrified as I do when contemplating the American Health Care Act.  After seven years of promising us a better, more comprehensive, less expensive alternative to the ACA, the GOP has presented the American people with a bill that potentially leaves millions uninsured or grossly ...

South Brunswick: Township Reeling From Mayor Frank Gambatese’s Passing

March 25, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Colleagues, friends and political rivals expressed shock, sympathy and respect following the death of Mayor Frank Gambatese early Saturday.

“Mayor Gambatese will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the Township. In the 20 years since he was elected to office, he worked diligently to improve the quality of life for the residents of South Brunswick ...

Ciattarelli Rolls Out New Endorsements Following Burlington County GOP Landslide

March 22, 2017

SOMERVILLLE, NJ– Following his landslide victory in Burlington County Monday night, Republican Assemblyman and candidate for governor Jack Ciattarellii (R-16) continued his momentum by announcing slew of new endorsements in Middlesex and Union Counties in advance of their respective conventions this week, as well as in Hunterdon, Somerset and Burlington Counties.

“Republicans ...

Congresswoman Watson Coleman Statement on the Failure of TrumpCare

March 25, 2017

Today, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) made the following statement following the Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to bring H.R. 1628 “The American Health Care Act” to the House Floor for a vote:

“It looks like Speaker Ryan finally, albeit briefly, came to his senses in his decision to pull the vote on the GOP’s dangerous and inhumane health care bill. TrumpCare, ...

Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass

Without Mercy: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass (Harper Collins, 2016)

In James Patterson's Master Class, an online course which I recommend highly to aspiring authors, Patterson talks about the validity of writing with a partner. Patterson notes several well respected creative teams like Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkle, and explains that combining the creative juices of two ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...