Authorities Seek Suspect in Scam


Eric Englund
March 01, 2021
By Eric Englund

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Barnegat Township Police Chief Keith A. Germain introduced not long ago that Juan C. Piedrahita, 49, of Hollywood, Fla. has been billed with theft by deception. The suspect continues to be at big, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.
Billhimer mentioned the costs are the consequence of a joint investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit and Barnegat Police Section Detective Bureau in January. The investigation uncovered that Piedrahita, posing as an legal professional, telephoned an elderly victim advising him that his nephew experienced been in a motor car or truck incident.
The prosecutor said Piedrahita confident the sufferer that his nephew was under arrest and that $10,000 dollars bail was needed to safe his launch. The victim acquired the dollars and satisfied Piedrahita – now posing as a courier – at a CVS parking large amount in Barnegat.
Immediately after leaving the parking great deal, the elderly victim was contacted the moment again and instructed to deliver an more $10,000 as payment to the alleged sufferer of the purported motor car or truck accident. It was only when the target was questioned by bank personnel that he contacted his nephew and verified that his nephew was not in a motor car incident, nor was he under arrest.
Detectives were being capable to get surveillance footage of the region encompassing the CVS parking whole lot, which captured the rental automobile Piedrahita experienced rented at Newark Global Airport, and had been thereafter equipped to ensure Piedrahita’s identity primarily based on that footage.
Piedrahita’s area is presently unknown. Anyone with details regarding Piedrahita’s whereabouts is urged to get in touch with Detective James Purcell of the Barnegat Township Law enforcement Department at 609-698-5000, extension 262.
“I urge our residents to communicate with relatives users prior to withdrawing huge sums of cash based on a mobile phone contact or an e-mail,” said Billhimer. “These frauds are much far too commonplace in this day and age. If you acquire one of these phone calls or email messages, call your family members or your nearby law enforcement division. Be mindful that these ripoffs focus on seniors, make sure you assistance to avert our senior populace from falling sufferer to predators looking for to cheat and extort them.”  —E.E.

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