EDISON, NJ – On September 15th, a South Plainfield man posed as an off-duty police officer that arrived on the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Wooding Avenue in Edison.

The suspect conducted a fictitious investigation of the accident with both drivers involved, then proceeded to take $800.00 in cash from one the drivers to reimburse the other for damages, but never forwarded the money. Detectives later recovered the $800.00 in cash during the investigation.

Through the investigation conducted by Detective Jeffrey Tierney, Michael Nguyen, 25, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer and Theft by Deception on Thursday, September 18.

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Bail was set at $2500 with no 10% option by Edison Municipal Court Judge Gary Price. Nguyen posted bail and was released from Edison Police Headquarters that same day.

The Edison Police Department is actively investigating two similar incidents of impersonating a police officer which may or may not involve Nguyen.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident or others, please contact Detective Jeffrey Tierney at 732-248-7526.