Man Arrested for Buying Real Estate With Stolen Identity

admin —  March 4, 2010 — 1 Comment

John Melchionna, 42, a former Linden, New Jersey, resident was arrested and charged with 13 separate counts after an investigation revealed that he used another man’s identity to secure $270,000 in loans. Melchionna a faces charges of theft by deception, identity theft and forgery.

According to the complaints, Melchionna used the money, obtained by using a business associate’s name, to purchase real estate in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He then forged the associate’s name on mortgages to secure the loans.

In addition, Melchionna was charged with running up approximately $300,000 in credit card charges between 2006 and 2008 on credit cards he obtained in the victim’s name. The credit card statements and correspondence regarding the real estate transactions used the address of an investment property the victim owned in Linden, New Jersey where Melchionna collected the rents on his behalf while also intercepting the victim’s mail.

The victim went to the Linden Police in New Jersey in December 2008 when he ran a credit check on his name and discovered numerous mortgages and credit cards had been taken out by Melchionna in his name.

Melchionna is currently under indictment for using another friend’s identity in November 2007 to obtain a $40,000 loan from The Hamilton Group, a New York lender. In that case, authorities allege that Melchionna secured the loan by preparing fraudulent invoices for non-existent accounts receivable. The fraud was discovered when the owner of The Hamilton Group contacted the company listed on the fraudulent invoices and demanded payment.

The charges were filed following an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office and Linden New Jersey Police Department Detective Mark Case.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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One response to Man Arrested for Buying Real Estate With Stolen Identity

  1. **WARNING Scam Artist ALERT!!**

    Name: Mario Albert Duran
    Ht: Approx. 5′ 3″
    WT: Approx. 125lbs.
    Race: Hispanic

    Habits: Heavy Marijuana smoking, cigarettes, does not drink.

    Place of Employment: Continental (Home Loans) Broker’s name: Max

    Personality: Napoleon-Complex, Moody, Liar, Confident.
    One can tell that he’s really not interested into them or anyone when he speaks to you.

    Personal appearance/character: Dark completion usually slightly unshaven. hair: short to shaved head, slightly balding at the crown, dry skin, sometimes wears mustache, always on the cellphone, nervous at times & twitchy, social-path traits, usually dresses fairly nice and might even go to church w/ you or promise work on your home and says he can do anything. BS!

    Mario Duran is a Scam Artist, finding nice trusting women w/ lower self-esteem it appears is his Game – as this is what he has done to my friend which is the reason of posting this to drop the facts, name & character of this that possibly I may help any other potential victims who might do a search and find this to aid them in warnings or who may have any questions Reg. this fraud, scam artist and user if they so happen to cross his path.

    It seams that he finds these women usually at some clubs or bars all at first saying all the right things, charming them all whilst taking them for a ride of lies using their car to do illegal actions, all making the claim w/ some sob-story that his Ex-wife took everything he has, up over 1.5 million and being the reason for why he’s in the state he’s in, homeless, car/less, borrows cash and always says he’ll reimburse them when his loan closes, after 6 months it had never happened, he’d just keep saying any day now, or something came up w/ the bank on approving this loan.

    Nothing really ever did come true that he said and promised, or did he ever make good on anything but a very few things that he had ever said or supposedly did.

    Mario Duran’s usual places of interest to hang out or visit people or to scam would be in the following areas==>
    ===> in the neighboring Valleys in Southern California of: Sylmar, San Fernando, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks.
    Favourite Club: Saddle Ranch in Holly Wood, CA.

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