Perth Amboy Woman Busted For Theft in $89K Credit Card Scheme

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ–An investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department has yielded two arrests in an alleged credit card scheme.

A 37-year-old Perth Amboy woman "fraudulently credited numerous credit cards belonging to relatives and friends," according to Somerset County authorities.

Veronica Cardoza credited the cards at her place of employement, Forever Collectibles in Franklin Township, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office (SCPO).

Both Cardoza and her 44-year-old brother-in-law Francisco Reynoso-Batista have been charged with second-degree Theft by Deception.

Acting Prosecutor Michael Robertson stated that Cardoza was arrested on August 17 in Holmdel.

Detectives are currently searching for Francisco Reynoso-Batista, according to the statement.  The press release did not include a photo of him.

Between March 2015 and December 2015, Cardoza allegedly fraudulently credited friends and relatives more than $89,000 in total.

Reynoso-Batista "had knowingly received credits to his personal credit card and to a credit card in the name of his mother," reads the statement.

Cardoza was lodged in the Somerset County Jail on $35,000 cash or bond.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Reynoso-Batista is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Investigations Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533.

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