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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*††††† †††††††††††Date: May 10, 2013

 

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South River man charged with forgery, fraud

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Chief Mark Tinitigan of the South River Police Department and Maria L. Kelokates, inspector in charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Newark Division, announced today that a borough man has been arrested and charged with forging thousands of dollars worth of post office money orders and then planning to use the bogus documents to cheat people who sell goods on the internet.

 

Donald C. Gray (DOB 3/5/64) of South River has been charged with theft by deception, forgery and possession of forgery devices.

 

Gray was arrested in South River on May 8, 2013, during an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office, the South River Police Department and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

 

He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $100,000 bail, which was set by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz in New Brunswick.

 

††††††††† The investigation began when postal inspectors intercepted fraudulent money orders valued at more than $75,000 at post offices in South River and South Amboy in February.

 

The bogus money orders were traced to Gray by investigators, who determined that he was planning to use the counterfeit instruments to overpay for purchases on the internet, and receive cash from sellers to compensate him for the amount of his overpayments.

 

During the investigation, authorities seized more than 200 phony money orders.

 

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (973) 693-5450, or Investigator Todd OíMalley of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745- 3908.

 

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Gray are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.