A Bayonne man was arrested yesterday morning for taking over $30,000 in cash for trailer that he never provided, nor gave a refund for, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Gerard Maggio, 55, of Bayonne, was charged with theft by deception and contempt (two warrants), according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
Maggio was taken into custody at about 11:22 a.m. on Thursday from the area of 27th Street and Broadway resulting from a reported incident of theft by deception.
On May 19th, 2022, the 34-year-old victim reported that on October 1st 2021, he met with Maggio to purchase 12 trailers and paid him over $30,000 in cash.
After several months, the victim had yet to receive the trailers and was advised my Maggio that the order was delayed. When the victim demanded a refund, he was told that the money was lost and was assured that he would have his refund in the upcoming weeks.
Having not received a refund or the trailers as of May 19th, the victim reported the incident to the police. An investigation into the incident resulted in Maggio being confirmed as the intended seller.
Yesterday, detectives learned that Maggio was operating a business, “We Load Trailers,” located at 584 Broadway. They also learned that Maggio was wanted on two outstanding warrants issued out of Allamuchy Township.
Detectives responded to 584 Broadway and located Maggio, where he was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrants and formally charged with the theft by deception.
As of Thursday, the victim has yet to receive a refund or his purchase, authorities said.