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3 NJ Men Arrested in Cellphone Insurance Scam

Authorities say a boast on Facebook led to the arrest of three northern New Jersey man accused of filing bogus cellphone theft insurance claims.

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The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office says the men submitted $160,000 worth of fraudulent claims between 2009 and last month.

The Record newspaper reports the prosecutor’s office says 43-year-old Peter Mancuso of Nutley, 32-year-old Roger Davila of Passaic and 26-year-old Caesar Berrios of Passaic sold the replacement phones over the Internet.

Officials say Davila boasted about the scheme on Facebook.

The three are charged with insurance fraud, theft by deception, selling stolen goods and conspiracy.

It’s not clear if the men have lawyers.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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