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NY Woman Faked Being Hackensack Cop to Steal Bail Money From Elderly Woman


By: Jeff Sommes 

The Paramus Police Department announces the arrest of Ms. Manelis Santanadecastillo, 28, of Bronx, NY, for theft by deception, conspiracy and criminal attempt.

According to Paramus Police, on Friday, December 9, at approximately 11:03, the Paramus Police responded to a Prospect Street residence regarding a suspicious event.

Upon arrival, Paramus Officer Nicole Capone met with the victim, who reported that she had received a phone call from a person claiming to be a Hackensack Police Officer.

Paramus officials said the alleged officer stated that her daughter had been arrested and needed bail money.

The officer said that she needed to provide $15,000.00 bail money that would be picked up by a courier and then delivered to an attorney who would then assist the victim’s daughter.

Officials said the victim and Officer Capone immediately realized that this a was a “Grandparent bail scam”  fraud situation and contacted the Paramus Detective Division for assistance.

A sting operation, assisted by Detective Lieutenant Tom Schroeder, and Detective Matt McGuire, was set up and further calls with the alleged officer and alleged attorney stated that a driver named “Daisy” would pick up the bail money from their home.

 At approximately 1:03 pm, the actor, Manelis Santanadecastillo, arrived at the victim’s home. She was driving a 2021 Toyota 4-door color black with NY Taxi/Limo plates.

When she went home to take the money, she was arrested.

Santanadecastillo was transported to Paramus Police Headquarters, where she was booked and processed.  She was released on her own recognizance due to bail reform laws.  

Officials said the investigation into this incident is in the beginning stages and other suspects involved are being sought.

The Paramus Police Department reminds everyone that in any case where someone receives a call about a family member that needs bail or money for any other reason, they should always first contact their local police department, which can assist them in determining whether it is an attempted fraud or not.

Anyone with any information about this case can call the Paramus Police Department at 201-262-3400