FRANKLIN, N.J. — A New Jersey woman who claimed to have New York Giants and Jets tickets has also been accused of stealing from a local pee wee football team, a family in mourning and a dozen more victims.
Police arrested Alicia Pallozzi, 32, of Franklin, on Wednesday.
“We lived right around the corner from each other in a very nice neighborhood. She had a beautiful home," said Valentina Malanga, who was the first victim to report the scam. She said she met Pallozzi through a Facebook group for local moms.
“She was always posting that she was doing charity work, that she was collecting for the needy," Malanga said.
Malanga had donated some items to Pallozzi’s causes in the past. The game day tickets were also purportedly for a good cause; they would benefit a local scholarship fund and the perks went beyond just tickets.
"VIP parking, buffet, open bar, early access to the field, meeting the players," Malanga said. "She also claimed that there were vouchers to shop at the NFL store.”
Free jerseys were part of the package too. But Pallozzi kept bailing when it came time to deliver the tickets. She even claimed that her dad fell down the stairs, developed pneumonia and had emergency surgery for stage 4 cancer. All of which Malanga later found to be untrue.
“The next morning I went to her house and I found the house was empty. And there was a lockbox on the door.”
She’s not alone. The list of alleged victims is over a dozen names long.
“She hasn’t produced a single ticket,” said Franklin Police Detective Nevin Mattessich. She even schemed the local pee-wee football team, he said.
“Some of the coaches got together and planned on taking their sons, and some friends, and some members of the team to the New York Giants game. And unfortunately, they were scammed out of that. So some of these kids are gonna be left without going to see their first NFL game.”
The NFL is working with police to prevent this from happening again.
GoFundMe pledged a donation of approximately $2,000 to a family who never received funeral funds from Pallozzi. Police said she started the GoFundMe campaign for a Melissa Borras, a 25-year-old Sussex County woman, who died last year.
Pallozzi is being held at the Sussex County Jail. She’s expected to go before a judge at 1:30 p.m. on Friday for theft by deception.