Two New Jersey Residents Charged With Nationwide Phony IRS Scam

Two Iselin residents were arrested and charged for conning people in 32 states on a phony IRS scheme and pocketing over $150,000. An investigation by the Leonia Police Department from the beginning of September revealed an elaborate string of money collecting at various locations throughout Bergen County, all under the same name with security camera footage capturing the same man in each incident. The Department received a call from a man from Lexington, Kentucky who claimed he had been the victim of a tax scam. The man was instructed to deposit the owed money to a MoneyGram account for Vincent Arora at the CVS in Leonia. The investigation found that 30 transactions under the name Arora were recorded across New Jersey. Officers were able to apprehend Akash Satish Patel, 32, and Nikita Patel, 25 at a CVS in Union, New Jersey where they discovered receipts and over $9,000 in cash in their car. The two have been charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception in the second-degree and are being held at the Bergen County Jail for $150,000 bail.

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