Man charged with buying iPhone using phony $50 bills

JERSEY CITY — A 29-year-old Jersey City man has been charged with using phony $50 bills to buy an iPhone after the victim tracked him down on Facebook, police say. 

Angel Dones, of Linden Avenue near Garfield Avenue, is charged with theft by deception and forgery, the criminal complaint says.

The victim said his wife placed her iPhone for sale on Facebook Marketplace and received a call from a woman saying she wanted to purchase it. The buyer said she would send “her man” to pick it up at Christopher Columbus Drive and Varick Street on Jan. 24, according to the complaint.

After returning home from making the transaction, the victim realized the bills were counterfeit and all had the same serial number. The defendant said he went online and was able to determine Dones’ Facebook account name and then his real name, the complaint says.

Dones was arrested and made his first court appearance on the charges on Wednesday in Criminal Justice Reform Court in Jersey City via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny. He was ordered released with conditions of supervision pending trial.

At the hearing, the judge said there is a warrant for Dones’ arrest out of Hudson County Superior Court Family Division with a bail of $19,000 which is likely for failure to pay child support. 

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