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Posted Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Men Are Charged with Identity Theft, Theft by Deception and Conspiracy Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker and Mt. Olive Chief of Police Stephen Beecher announce the arrest of Mario Reis, 58, of Budd Lake, and Michael Kurzyna, 70, of Netcong, in connection with a matter pertaining to alleged identity theft.

Morris County Prosecutor's Office sealOn July 1, 2019, the Mount Olive Police Department was contacted by the alleged victim. The alleged victim reported that in 2016, an acquaintance, Mario Reis, said he was in need of financial assistance regarding his home heating oil company J&M Fuel LLC.

As a result, the alleged victim agreed to invest $35,000 into Reis’ company.

In 2019, the alleged victim received a letter in the mail from a company by the name of CAN Financial.  The letter explained that the alleged victim’s request for a loan was denied.

The alleged victim had not applied for any loans. Upon further review, the alleged victim found that multiple loans had been taken out, totaling approximately $175,000.  As a result, the victim’s personal finances were being frozen for lack of payment and other loan related issues, which the victim believed were caused by Reis.

A subsequent investigation found that approximately $531,120 in loans were taken out as a result by Reis, allegedly through stealing the victim’s identity.

It is alleged that Reis utilized the victim’s information and completed fraudulent applications for loans, which were deposited into his fuel oil business account and were subsequently spent by Mr. Reis on personal and other expenses.

Reis allegedly conspired with and utilized Michael Kurzyna, a loan broker in Netcong, to pass the fraudulent information to the end lender. Kurzyna allegedly agreed to broker the loans knowing that Reis was attempting to circumvent certain criteria/requirements within the loans.

At this time, the amount of the defaulted loans are $281,906.

Reis, has been charged with Identity Theft, Theft by Deception, Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft by Deception, Conspiracy, and Forgery, among others.

Kurzyna has been charged with one count of Conspiracy to commit Theft by Deception.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes, Financial Crimes Unit and the Mt. Olive Police Department whose efforts contributed to the investigation of this case.

Inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.