Jersey man arrested for making fraudulent gas purchases

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CHESTER – A 38-year-old New Jersey man was arrested by State Police on April 24 following a traffic stop on Route 17 in the Town of Chester and found driving a 2008 Ford F350 with a temporary registration.

When police inspected the truck driven by Angel Alvarez-Michel, of Belleville, New Jersey, they found it had been modified to hold a significant amount of gas.

That brings the case back to an April 5 investigation by State Police from the Catskill barracks who began to look into fraudulent purchases made with a New York State Fleet fuel card.

Troopers from the Monroe and Haverstraw barracks assisted in identifying the suspect and the vehicle.

Following Alvarez-Michel’s apprehension, he was charged with the felonies of   possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession  of stolen property as well as petit larceny, unlawful possession of personal identification and identity theft, all as misdemeanors.

He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.