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Morristown man arrested for email scam against Atlanta transit system

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Pedro Lopez-Hernandez, 38, of Morristown, has been charged with various theft related charges connected to an alleged email scheme targeting the city of Atlanta’s transit system, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.

Lopez- Hernandez was charged with second-degree receiving stolen property, second-degree theft by deception, second-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity (money laundering) and second-degree conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (“MARTA”) was the victim of this business email scheme. MARTA received false invoice instructions, in a compromised email, from a known vendor’s account that instructed that payments should be made to an updated Bank of America account.

Based on this fraudulent email, MARTA made two payments totaling $399,025. The investigation determined this money was deposited into Lopez-Hernandez’ updated Bank of America bank account.

Lopez-Hernandez is not an employee or in any way associated with MARTA or Bank of America. He then subsequently depleted the updated bank account in its entirety by using cash withdrawals and wire transfers.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes, Financial Crimes Unit; Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Unit and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Division of Police Services, whose efforts contributed to the investigation of this case.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook