A trio was busted for making fake credit cards and driver’s licenses in a Secaucus hotel early Friday morning, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On Saturday at 12:15 a.m., Secaucus police received a report from a concerned citizen of
possible criminal activity being conducted in a room at the Holiday Inn, located at 300 Plaza Drive, authorities said.
Upon arrival, responding officers began to investigate an apparent fraudulent credit card scheme. The three occupants of the room were identified and detained a short time thereafter.
Christine Antonelli, 33, of Massapequa, NY, Emil Panzarino, 42, of Brooklyn, NY and Jeramiah Wills, 49, of Jersey City, were charged with possession of forgery devices, possession of a false government document, possession of a device or material to make false documents, credit card theft, receiving a lost of mislaid credit card, falsely embossing a credit card, falsely signing two or more credit cards, possession of incomplete credit cards, possessing 20 or more personal information of another and conspiracy to possess a device or material to make false government documents, officials said.
Additionally, Antonelli was charged with forgery and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
At that time, they were found in possession of stacks of gift cards, fraudulent credit cards, and fraudulent driver’s licenses with their photos on them, authorities said.
Furthermore, Panzarino was found to have active warrants from Jersey City and West
New York, while Antonelli and Wills also were found in possession of stolen pieces of mail likely to be used to create the fraudulent credit cards and driver’s licenses, officials said.
Antonelli was also found to have an active warrant from Jersey City as well, police said.
Authorities added that a subsequent search of the hotel room led to the seizure of stolen pieces of mail and other documents likely to be used to create the fraudulent credit cards and driver’s licenses, from over 50 individual victims.
An embosser and printer used to make fraudulent credit cards were seized, along with numerous blank cards that are commonly used as actual credit cards, officials said.