PHILLIPS COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a scam and made an arrest.
On February 9, deputies were dispatched to the El As De Oros Mexican Restaurant, 609 3rd Street in Phillipsburg in regards to a quick-change scam which had occurred, according to a social media report from the sheriff’s department.
Security cameras captured the crime as it occurred and the suspect identified as 38-year-old Ghiolbana Muntean of Corona New York (a Romanian National) can be seen exchanging large bills for smaller ones with an employee.
The quick-change scam works by quickly and repeatedly exchanging bills between parties until the victim is confused and loses track of what has been exchanged. It is a favorite scam of gypsies, according to the sheriff’s department.
Deputies were able to locate Muntean at a local hotel and took her into custody, charging her with theft by deception.
A companion with Muntean posted a $1500 cash bond and they left the area.