Newark Man Charged With Credit Card Fraud In Linden

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Gabriel Agyapong (Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

LINDEN — Police arrested a Newark man who allegedly tried to pick up three laptop computers at Walmart on Tuesday that were purchased using fraudulent credit cards.

Gabriel Agyapong was charged with attempted theft by deception and is being held on $2,500 bail.

On Jan. 22 at 1:47 p.m., police were called to Walmart on West Edgar Road. A store employee told the officers that a man attempted to pick up three Asus laptop computers, valued at $458 each, that had been purchased on two separate online credi card transactions. Walmart contacted the two cardholders, one in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland, and was told that neither had authorized anyone to use their debit cards for online purchases.

According to police, Agyapong told officers he was just following instructions sent by a friend from Ghana to pick up the computers.

The charge against Agyapong is merely an accusation; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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