Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Mr. Armando Garcia, 55, of Bergenfield, NJ on charges of Theft By Deception and Issuing Bad Checks.
According to a statement released by The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, in March 2019, the Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint from a client of Garcia that he failed to return monies the client gave him for a mortgage deal that never occurred and that he had issued bad checks to the client.
Officials say an investigation revealed that between June 2018 and October 2018, Garcia received funds in excess of $100,000 from the client and then used those funds for his expenses.
When the client requested the funds be returned, Garcia gave four checks to the client. The client was unable to cash the checks as the account had been closed.
As a result of the investigation, police arrested Garcia on June 21, in Paramus, NJ and charged with one count of Theft By Deception, according to officials.
Garcia is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
Prosecutor Musella states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would like to thank the Bergenfield Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.