Township detectives closed out a year-long investigation last week by arresting two Essex County men who were allegedly involved with a credit card fraud operation that originated overseas.
BOONTON TOWNSHIP - Township detectives closed out a year-long investigation last week by arresting two Essex County men who were allegedly involved with a credit card fraud operation that originated overseas.
The charges filed against Emmanuel Duker-Eshun, 21, of South Orange, and Dominic Eshun, 29, of Irvington, stem from an investigation launched by township police in June 2014 after a resident reported her credit card was fraudulently used to make $700 worth of online purchases, police said.
Some of those items included cell phones, which police said wound up being shipped to the resident's home since wireless carriers require the devices be sent to the purchaser's billing address.
A few hours after turning the phones over to police, the woman observed "a suspicious man" on her property who told her to "give him the package that was delivered to the home" earlier that day, police said.
Although the woman called police, he fled in a car with another man prior to the arrival of officers, police said.
Township detectives learned during the course of their investigation who the pair was and how they obtained people's credit card numbers.
Police also tracked several fraudulent purchases that had been shipped to various locations under fictitious names and were eventually able to pinpoint an address for the perpetrator, police said.
Duker-Eshun and Eshun later told detectives an individual in Ghana provided them with the stolen credit card information and instructed them to buy items online, police said.
The two men also said it was their job to ship the illegally obtained merchandise overseas in order to receive money, police said.
Both men are being held in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail, police said.
Duker-Eshun and Eshun were charged with fencing, and conspiracy to receive stolen property. Duker-Eshun faces an additional charge of criminal attempt of theft of moveable property.
Sergeant Thomas Cacciabeve said the two men are not related.