NEWARK, NJ - Aniol Sejour of Maplewood has been charged by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office with identity theft and trafficking in personal financial information stated Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray in a release on Thursday, May 25.
Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Walter J. Dirkin, who is handling the case, stated that "it is alleged that Sejour redirected mail from numerous individuals to his personal address. At least 40 credit card and/or debit card accounts in the victims’ names have been identified. He also gained access to checks and passed checks in the names of his victims."
Sejour, age 30, was arrested and charged on Wednesday, May 24. The alleged crimes were discovered by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service which opened an investigation because of the number of change of addresses that were directed to his address, according to the release from Murray.
The U.S. Post Office also received complaints from residents who said they had not requested a change of address. It was the investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service that resulted in the arrest of Sejour, stated the release.
When detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service executed a search warrant at Sejour’s home, they allegedly discovered multiple bank books, credit and debit cards, multiple credit card device readers or swipers, and handwritten notes containing other personal identifying information, according to the release.
Sejour has been released from custody and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on June 13.
Acting Prosecutor Murray commended Postal Inspector Allcroft for her outstanding work on this case.
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.