In May 2014, the Paramus Police Department began to receive complaints from customers of the Hyundai of Paramus located at 234 Route 4 eastbound, Paramus, NJ. These customers had found discrepancies and changes in their original sales contracts when compared to those of their lending companies that they would make their payments to. These changes included missing down payments and forged signatures. It is believed that this activity took place between 2011 and 2014.
As a result of this investigation both Amato and Scott were arrested. The Department would like to be clear, that at this time it appears that the ownership and management of Hyundai of Paramus were unaware of their employees actions. Hyundai of Paramus cooperated fully during the investigation. Steven Amato was arrested and released on $75,000.00 bail. Robert Scott was arrested and released on $2,500.00 bail.
This case is still under investigation. Anyone who might have been a victim of these crimes is asked to contact the Paramus Police Department at 201-262-3400 ext. 403 or email Detective Ohlendorf at [email protected]
The suspects were arrested and charged with:
Steven Amato Theft by deception 2C: 20-4
Computer related crimes/ thefts 2C: 20-25
Forgery 2C: 21-1
Robert Scott Receiving stolen property 2C: 20-7
Kenneth R. Ehrenberg
Chief of Police
Paramus Police Department