The Wayne Police Department arrested a man and charged him with various crimes related to the illegal use of a Wayne Township resident’s Social Security benefits card.
Police say the victim reported to the Wayne Police Department that his credit card, which is only used to obtain and spend his Social Security benefits, was used to purchase electronics and food.
According to police, the victim stated that he neither made nor approved such charges.
Additionally, all of his funds were withdrawn from this account and he was unable to use his funds for his own needs, police said.
The Wayne Police Detective Bureau conducted an investigation and identified Mr. Anthony Belizaca, 20, of Elizabeth as the suspect in the crimes.
Police say during the investigation, they learned that Mr. Belizaca likely obtained the victim’s benefit card information from a business where he was formerly employed.
After this investigation, Belizaca was charged with Credit Card Theft, Credit Card Fraud, Theft by Deception and Wrongful Impersonation.
Police said Belizaca surrendered himself at Wayne Police Headquarters on Sunday and was lodged in the Passaic County Jail pending a detention hearing.
The charges against Mr. Belizaca are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.