New York Man Charged in Grandparent Scam

January 29, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced today that a New York man has been charged for his involvement in a grandparent scam.

On January 27, 2021, Albert Peralta-Munoz, 22, of the Bronx was arrested and charged via a complaint-summons with second-degree Use of a Juvenile to Commit a Crime, third-degree Theft by Deception, and third-degree Conspiracy. 

Peralta-Munoz was charged along with a juvenile following an investigation by the South Plainfield Police that determined, at approximately 11:30 A.M., a borough resident received a phone call from an individual who demanded $6,500.00 for release of the resident’s grandchild from jail.  Peralta-Munoz and the juvenile were later arrested as they attempted to collect the money from the victim.

The investigation is active and continuing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Garret Cassio at (908) 226-7662 /  gcassio@sppolice.com or Detective Peter Hlavka (908) 226-7661 / phlavka@sppolice.com.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Peralta-Munoz and the juvenile are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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