Ridgewood, NJ News

Ridgewood man arrested on identity theft charges

Jerome Singer of Ridgewood
Jerome Singer of Ridgewood
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced on Friday the arrest of Jerome A. Singer, 68, of Ridgewood, for alleged criminal impersonation and theft by deception.

Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office White Collar Crime Unit received information from the victim that Singer had allegedly used the victim’s identity to open numerous credit cards and lease agreements, beginning sometime in 2003 and ending in 2008.

Authorities say that Singer also used the victim’s identity to obtain a mortgage on the victim’s vacation home in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Singer allegedly established open balances on the credit cards in excess of $75,000.00, as well as the mortgage, which also exceeded $75,000.00.

Singer is the victim's son-in-law, and had access to the victim’s personal information, which enabled him to pose as the victim and obtain the credit cards and mortgage, authorities claim.

Singer has been charged with violation of 2C:20-4(a), theft by deception, a crime of the second degree, and 2C:21-17A(4), criminal impersonation, a crime of the second degree. He will be arraigned on Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00 a.m.

The charges are the result of an investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office White Collar Crime Unit, under the direction of Chief Joseph Macellaro of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.