Resident Arrested On Identity Theft Charge


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Steve Hayes, back row far right, is a captain with the Verona Fire Department.
Steven Hayes, back row far right, is a captain with the Verona Fire Department.
Steven Hayes of Verona was arrested on October 16 after an investigation by North Caldwell police, who charged him with identify theft and one count of computer criminal activity.

According to North Caldwell’s chief of police, Mark A. Deuer, the department was contact by the security department of the Wells Fargo bank in North Caldwell on October 2.

Hayes, 32, was suspected of taking money from an individual’s account by creating an ATM card and making various viwthdrawls using an ATM machine. Wells Fargo provided the police with a detailed report and photographs taken from three ATMs. Deuer said that a total of $2,400 was withdrawn using the card, in three transactions of $800 each. Deuer said that North Caldwell police arrested Hayes at his home on October 16 without incident.

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Hayes was released on bail and had a court appearance on Thursday, October 24, where a plea of not guilty was entered. Neither Hayes nor his lawyer have responded to this reporter’s request for comment.

Wells Fargo, contacted for comment, sent this statement: “Steve Hayes was terminated from Wells Fargo prior to his arrest. We expect our team members to adhere to the highest standards of ethics and business conduct. Despite our best efforts, however, unfortunate situations can occur when individuals without the company’s knowledge and consent violate established company policies and procedures. We can’t comment any further, and we continue to cooperate with the North Caldwell Police Department on their investigation.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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