PROSPECT PARK, NJ - An investigation was concluded on Wednesday, September 4, where Prospect Park Police Detective Sergeant Walter Richmond and Detective Arthur Canestrino were looking into a scam that deprived a 72 year old New York resident of $8,000. According to the Prospect Park Police Department, Juan Gil-Delao, a 22 year old man from Clifton, was involved in targeting the victim.
The unnamed New Yorker was said to have received a phone call from someone alleged to be his nephew on July 27. "The victim was informed that his nephew was arrested for D.W.I. and in need of money for legal aid. The caller instructed the victim to send $8,000.00 in cash via FedEx overnight to a Prospect Park address, with the victim complying," Richmond said in a statement.
Working with Lt. William Rausch and the New York State Police, Gil-Delao was arrested at his residence and taken into custody. Gil-Delao was subsequently charged with one count of theft and one count of conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
Prospect Park Police Chief Charlie Atie commended the officers. "The outstanding work by our Detectives and Patrol Officers brings closure to this victim, while also serving as a reminder, to be aware of such scams which have become increasingly common. I urge anyone to please contact your local Police Department immediately when receiving telephone calls of this nature."
Gil-Delao was released pending a Central Judicial Processing hearing.
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