Morristown man accused in $400K scam of Atlanta transit system

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A Morristown man has been charged in connection with an email scheme that allegedly bilked the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for nearly $400,000.

Pedro Lopez-Hernandez, 38, deposited a pair of payments conned from MARTA, according to a statement Tuesday from Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson.

They said the con went like this:

MARTA received false invoice instructions, in a compromised email, from a known vendor’s account instructing payments be made to an updated Bank of America account.

Based on this fraudulent email, MARTA made two payments totaling $399,024.63. The investigation determined these monies were deposited into Lopez-Hernandez’ Bank of America account.

The defendant is not an employee or in any way associated with the victim or the vendor, Numbers Only. The defendant subsequently depleted the account in its entirety using cash withdrawals and wire transfers.

Lopez-Hernandez has been charged under New Jersey statutes with the following second- degree crimes: Receiving stolen property, theft by deception, money laundering and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

The defendant appeared Tuesday in Morristown before Superior Court Judge John Paparazzo, who released him until his next court date on Oct. 15, 2018, under the conditions that he surrender his passport and sign a waiver of extradition.


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