Prosecutor: New Jersey parole officer charged with ‘ticket switch fraud’


A New Jersey parole officer has been charged with theft by deception for multiple instances of alleged “ticket switch fraud,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Jorge Ortega. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity Unit, Internal Affairs Section in conjunction with the North Bergen Police Department, arrested and charged a New Jersey parole officer with theft by deception following an investigation, Suarez said in a statement.

Jorge Ortega,  41, of Jersey City, was arrested on Friday afternoon at Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City.

Ortega has been charged with theft by deception, a disorderly persons offense, and was released on a summons complaint.

His first court appearance is scheduled for January 4th, 2021.

The investigation discovered that Ortega, on diverse dates between July 2020 and October 2020, used the commonly-called “ticket switch fraud” to change the labels on various higher value items for lower value items at the Target on Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office HCPO Public Integrity Unit, Special Investigations Section and the North Bergen Police Department with the investigation and arrest.

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