FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ – On September 1, 2015 a Franklin resident came into Franklin Police Headquarters to report possibly receiving counterfeit currency from an individual who she sold her motor vehicle to.
The resident initially reported that on August 22, 2015 she posted her personal vehicle for sale on “Craigslist”. An individual who identified himself as Frank White came to her residence in Franklin Borough, to view the vehicle and they ultimately agreed on a purchase price of $1,800.00. The male reportedly turned over $1,800.00 in what appeared to be United States Currency to the Franklin Borough Resident.
The resident became suspicious of the currency when a local store advised her they couldn’t accept one of the bills she had received from the sale of her vehicle, as it appeared counterfeit.
Upon receiving a report of this, Franklin Detectives worked with experts in genuine currency from the United States Secret Service who determined the currency was in fact counterfeit.
After a month long investigation with the United States Secret Service and Investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Detectives identified the male who allegedly purchased the vehicle and who previously identified himself as Frank White. Ronhazim H. Skipper 41, currently of Linden, New Jersey allegedly utilized counterfeit currency when purchasing the vehicle sold by the Franklin Resident. Ronhazim H. Skipper is also alleged to have committed insurance fraud and prepared and submitted false documents to the Department of Motor vehicles.
On October 7, 2015 at approximately 5:30AM Franklin Detectives joined by members of the United States Secret Service and the Linden Police executed an arrest warrant for Ronhazim H. Skipper on Jackson Street in Linden, New Jersey. Ronhazim H. Skipper was charged with theft by deception, forgery, insurance fraud, and providing false information to the department of motor vehicles. His bail was set at $75,000 with no ten percent option. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail.
The vehicle intended to be sold was recovered by the Franklin Borough Police Department in Linden New Jersey.
The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.