Linden Business Owner Accused Of Scamming Immigrants

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LINDEN — Linden Police have charged the owner and an employee of the ITD Insurance Agency, after the two women allegedly bilked unsuspecting victims of over $21,000 for immigration documents that they never delivered, police announced.

Iwona Rakowska, 48, and Ewa Nehrebecka, 56, allegedly told at least four individuals that they were working with a Linden attorney who specialized in immigration law and would assist them in getting the documents, police said. The women also allegedly had paperwork with the attorney’s letterhead, all without the attorney’s knowledge.

The South Wood Avenue insurance agency caters to Polish-speaking residents. The alleged scheme was brought to the attention of authorities after some of the victims contacted the attorney directly looking for their documents and telling the attorney that they paid money to the women. The attorney then called the police.

Det. Kenneth Mikolajczyk conducted a 10-week investigation, which resulted in the women being charged with criminal attempt, theft by deception, and wrongful impersonation. Rakowska, the agency owner, of Linden, was served with a summons complaint. Nehrebecka, of Montclair, was still being sought by authorities.

Each charge is a third degree crime, which carries a penalty of up to $15,000 in fines and between 3 to 5 years in jail. Linden police are asking anyone who may have information or might have been a victim of the alleged scheme to contact Det. Mikolajczyk at 1-908-474-8542.

The charges against the defendants are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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