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New York Man Charged in NJ Grandparent Scam

South Plainfield

Officials in Middlesex County announced that a New York man has been charged for his involvement in a grandparent scam.

Police said on January 27, Mr Albert Peralta-Munoz, 22, of the Bronx was arrested and charged via a complaint-summons with second-degree Use of a Juvenile to Commit a Crime, third-degree Theft by Deception, and third-degree Conspiracy.  

According to police, Peralta-Munoz was charged along with a juvenile following an investigation by the South Plainfield Police that determined, at approximately 11:30 A.M., a borough resident received a phone call from an individual who demanded $6,500.00 for release of the resident’s grandchild from jail. 

Police said Peralta-Munoz and the juvenile were later arrested as they attempted to collect the money from the victim. 

The investigation is active and continuing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Garret Cassio at (908) 226-7662 / or Detective Peter Hlavka (908) 226-7661 /