Press Release


For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2023

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of CHARLES VERA (DOB: 9/16/1992; married; digital marketing) of 546 Washington Avenue, Apt. 3206, Dumont, NJ on a charge of money laundering. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Dumont Police Department under the direction of Chief Brian Joyce.

In September 2022, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit initiated an investigation involving the movement of funds, including cryptocurrency, to various darknet websites specializing in the sale of stolen personal identifying information. CHARLES VERA was identified as a person facilitating the transfer of funds in support of darknet activities by interacting with numerous individuals from various online fraud groups and brokering transactions with darknet marketplaces for a fee. On June 28, 2023, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Dumont Police Department personnel executed a court authorized search warrant at CHARLES VERA’s residence, where he was located and arrested without incident.

On June 28, 2023, CHARLES VERA was charged with second-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity (money laundering), N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25b(1). He was released on his own recognizance pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. He would also like to thank the Dumont Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.