Bronx man steals more than $37k from elderly NJ victims

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CAMDEN, N.J. — A Bronx man faces fraud and theft charges in the New Jersey city of Camden for allegedly using the coronavirus to scam his elderly victims, the county prosecutor said Thursday.

Osvaldo Thomas, 41, is charged with one count of third-degree impersonation and one count of third-degree theft by deception in several Central and South Jersey towns, as well as one count of third-degree conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

Authorities say Thomas was part of a scheme targeting elderly victims who were told their family member was in jail and they needed to post bail. Thomas and his vehicle were seen by surveillance footage as he went to the victims’ homes to collect the money.

Thomas stole $27,000 from a victim in Gloucester Township and $10,300 from a victim in Cherry Hill, according to authorities.

“This was a joint effort and we are thankful to Gloucester Township Police and Cherry Hill Police for their collective hard work,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer.

Thomas is being held in the Camden County Jail awaiting a pretrial detention hearing.

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