Man Charged with Credit Card Fraud at Hoboken Ben & Jerry's


He hit the Ben & Jerry’s on Washington Street in his latest scam, but Hoboken Police were one step ahead of Johnny Taylor.

On Thursday afternoon, the 34-year-old was arrested when he tried to buy 20 $100 gift cards in the store and the owner grew suspicious after being swindled in a prior incident.

Officer Marc Marsi caught up with Taylor as he ran toward Fourth Street onto Hudson Street.

Eventually the Brooklyn resident jumped inside a Court Street garbage dumpster and closed the lid. At the same time he dropped his wallet.

Inside that wallet officers found 15 fraudulent credit cards; including American Express, Capital One, Discover, Bank of America and HSBC with the name Neil Anderson on them.  Taylor also had a fake Maryland driver’s license under Neil Anderson that he presented as his own ID.

He also had five other gift cards in his possession — Macy’s, Vanilla Visa, (2) Rocco’s Tacos and Club Mango.

Taylor was charged with using false ID, fraudulent use of credit cards, theft, obstruction and hindering apprehension. At the time of his arrest, he had a fugitive from justice warrant out of New York State.

His bail was set at $15,000 and he was sent to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Hoboken Police are telling local businesses to be on high alert since this type of scam is running rampant around town.

Some indicators:

1) A person attempting to buy a large amount of gift cards — often several thousand dollars worth.
2) The person might try to use several different credit cards to make the purchase if one doesn’t work.
3) If this happens, call the Hoboken Police Department immediately at 201-420-2100.



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