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NJ Man Allegedly Fakes Being Member of Military to Con Families Into Child Care Work

New Jersey Point Pleasant

A 22-year-old Brick man was arrested Friday after he reportedly pretended to be a member of the U.S military to con Point Pleasant families into child care work.

According to preliminary reports, police arrested and charged Lance D. Bennette Friday with identity theft, forgery, tampering with public records and stolen valor. He was remanded to the Ocean County jail, where he remains as of Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say an initial investigation revealed Bennette reportedly approached families with forged and fictitious documents that claimed he needed to complete family care hours as a requirement of a military program.

The incident remains under investigation.