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Fraud / Theft at Hyundai of Paramus

The Paramus Police Department announces the arrests of Steven Amato, 44 yoa, of Clifton, NJ and Robert Scott, 43  yoa, of East Orange, NJ for theft and forgery. The arrests which occurred on June 16, 2014  came about from a lengthy investigation by the Paramus Police Department Detective Division with the assistance of the Bergen County Prosecutors Office. Detective Doug Ohlendorf was the lead detective in this case.

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 dohlendorf@paramuspolice.org

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

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