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Police: Perth Amboy Duo Charged With Bilking Township Business Of More Than $89,000

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Veronica Cardozo-Cabrera. Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

A Perth Amboy woman was arrested Aug. 17 on a charge that she cheated a township business out of more than $89,000.

Veronica Cardozo-Cabrera, 37, was charged with 2nd Degree Theft by Deception in the scheme, in which authorities said she fraudulently credited the credit cards of relatives and friends while working at Forever Collectibles on Cottontail Lane.

Also charged with 2nd Degree Theft by Deception was Cardozo-Cabrera’s brother-in-law,  Francisco Reynoso-Batista, 44, also of Perth Amboy, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Reynoso-Batista is at-large, according to the press release.

An investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department showed that Cardozo-Cabrera made the allegedly fraudulent credits between March and December 2015, according to the release.

Reynoso-Batista allegedly received credit card credits to a card in the name of his mother, according to the release.

Cardozo-Cabrera was arrested at about 3 p.m. Aug. 17 in Holmdel.

Cardozo-Cabrera remains lodged in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, on $35,000 bail, cash or bond.

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

Individuals wanting to remain anonymous should call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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