TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: OCTOBER 19, 2017
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of SEBASTIAN SARRIA (DOB: 09/11/1993; single; and unemployed) of 216 Liberty Road, Englewood, NJ on Computer Related Theft, Theft by Deception, and Fraudulent Use of Credit Card charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert ANZILOTTI.
On September 29, 2017, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received a complaint from a Mahwah, New Jersey-based doctor who believed that his medical office had been the victim of credit card related fraud and/or theft. As a result of an investigation conducted by Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit detectives, it was determined that Sebastian SARRIA, an employee at the doctor’s office, had unlawfully accessed the doctor’s credit card processing system and had voided patient-based credit card payments. Once SARRIA voided the payments in the doctor’s system, he processed them through a cellphone/computer-based credit card application he had subscribed to in his own name. SARRIA then transferred the payments, which totaled approximately $20,000, to his own personal bank account and used the monies for his own purposes.
As a result of the investigation, SEBASTIAN SARRIA was arrested on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Mahwah, NJ. Mr. SARRIA was charged with one count of Computer Related Theft, with a value greater than $5,000 but less than $250,000, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25B, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Theft by Deception, with a value greater than $500 but less than $75,000, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, a 3rd degree crime; and, one count of Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-6H, a 3rd degree crime. Mr. SARRIA was served with a Complaint-Summons and released, and is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.