Cops Arrest Night Club Operator in Gas Station Credit Card Fraud Ring, Prosecutor Says

Glen Rock Police arrested a Lodi man after a four-month investigation into a credit card fraud ring at local gas stations.

Frias and Torres. Credit: BCPO.
Frias and Torres. Credit: BCPO.

A Lodi man has been arrested after a four-month Glen Rock Police investigation into an alleged credit card theft ring at a bunch of local gas stations, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced in a release Friday.

According to Molinelli, Kenny Frias, 42, is accused of illegally obtaining credit card information from unsuspecting customers who had bought gasoline at local gas stations. Frias allegedly gave station attendants skimmers that were able to get information off of customers’ credit cards, and used the info to make fake credit cards, Molinelli said.

Investigators believe he and accomplices then took the fake cards and used them to purchase items, including alcohol, that was then sold at the Phebe Night Club in Jersey City, which Frias runs, Molinelli said.

Frias was arrested Friday and charged with fraudulent use of credit cards, money laundering, and trafficking of the personal identification of another, Molinelli said. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail on $100,000 bail, authorities said.

In a raid of Frias’s house and business, cops found a credit card reading and writer device, fraudulent credit cards, false identification, and more than $75,000 in cash, all of which was secured as evidence, Molinelli said.

Frias’s girlfriend, Jeanessa Torres, 25, of Clifton, was arrested with him after cops allegedly found her with an “unlawful weapon” at the time of his arrest, Molinelli said. She is being held on $2,500 bail, he said.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Glen Rock Police are looking for two more individuals who made purchases with phony credit cards in the borough, Molinelli said. Authorities believe the two, in the above surveillance photo, are involved in the scam, he said.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of either individual is urged to contact the Glen Rock Police Department or the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, TIPS line at 201-226-5532.


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