Police: Man caught running charity scam, impersonating a cop in Hoboken

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A Jersey City man has been charged with running a charity scam and impersonating a law enforcement officer in Hoboken, police said.

William Tedeschi. Photo courtesy of the Hoboken Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

William Tedeschi, 44, of Jersey City, was charged with two counts of impersonating law enforcement and one count of theft by deception, according to Police Det. Sgt. Edgardo Cruz.

Tedeschi was arrested on Friday after the Hoboken Police Department asked for the public’s help in identifying a man claiming to be a “Hudson County police officer” collecting donations for the Center for Protection and Recovery Services last month.

The last recorded instance of him soliciting contributions to the fake charity was on July 17 at the Garden Deli, authorities said.

After following up on leads and tips, Hoboken police detectives determined that Tedeschi was the one captured on surveillance video. He turned himself in after the department contacted him on Friday, officials said.