Arrest made in phone scam

Nashua Police photo Jestin Almanzar, age 20, of 1350 15th St., #5N, Fort Lee, New Jersey

NASHUA – A New Jersey man used a fake passport as part of an identity-theft scam to order close to $5,000 worth of new iPhones under the name of a Mont Vernon victim.

Jestin Almanzar, 20, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was arrested in Nashua this week when he went to pick up the iPhones at the UPS center on Whipple Street. Mont Vernon and Nashua police were waiting for him.

Last week, a Mont Vernon resident contacted police after they found a fraudulent charge on their Verizon wireless account. Someone had charged five new iPhone Xs and five new lines of service to the account, and had them shipped to the UPS center in Nashua.

The Mont Vernon resident caught the charge as the phones were being shipped and contacted police. Officers say Almanzar had a phony passport card and credit card when he picked up the phones. He was arrested and held overnight.

Almanzar is charged with one count of forgery and one count of identity fraud, both felonies.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.