TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: JUNE 21, 2017
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of MICHAEL F. GRENNILLE (DOB: 07/28/1983; single; and employed as an IT professional) of Newton, New Jersey on the charge of Impersonation; Theft of Identity. The arrest is the result of a an investigation led by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Cyber Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
Between April 2016 through December 2016, an unknown person had assumed the identity of a Bergen County resident on the Internet and on social media. According to the victim who contacted authorities recently, the unknown person falsely used the victim’s identity and likeness for many months.
An investigation was led by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and revealed that Michael F. GRENNILLE assumed the victim’s identity online and contacted strangers portraying the victim. GRENNILLE was arrested by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. He was charged with one count of Impersonation; Theft of Identity, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17(a)(1), a fourth-degree crime. After being processed, GRENNILLE was released pending a first appearance at the Bergen County Central Judicial Court on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.
Prosecutor Grewal states that this charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newton Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.