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Lodi man charged in identity theft alcohol ring

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Lodi man who owns a Jersey City nightclub was arrested and charged with stealing credit card information from gas station customers that was then used to buy alcohol for his business.

Kenny Frias, 42, collected the information through skimming devices attached to credit card swipe machines by accomplices who worked at area gas stations, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this morning.

The alcohol bought in Glen Rock with the stolen identities was then sold at Frias’ Phebe Nightclub and Restaurant on Newark Avenue in Jersey City, the prosecutor said.

Frias was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, money laundering and trafficking in personal identification. He was being held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.

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Investigators who executed search warrants at his home and the club seized a credit card reading and writer device, fraudulent credit cards, false identification and more than $75,000 of what Molinelli said were ill-gotten gains.

Frias’ girlfriend, 25-year-old Kenny Frias, Jeanessa Torres of Clifton, was arrested along with Frias for having a weapon, Molinelli said. She was being held on $2,500 bail.

Meanwhile, authorities were searching for two men ( photos, right ) who Molinelli said bought alcohol for Frias in Glen Rock.

Anyone who can identify them is asked to call Glen Rock police or the prosecutor’s office TIPS line: (201) 226-5532

Molinelli thanked police from Glen Rock, Lodi, Hasbrouck Heights, Clifton and Jersey City for their assistance in the four-month investigation.

MUGSHOTS: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

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