|Nydia Neubauer, aka Nydia Vega Reeves, Lucy George, Nydia Luz Vega|
By Charlie Sahner
New Hope police today filed charges against Nydia Neubauer (aka Lucy George, aka Nydia Vega Reeves) alleging felony crimes of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, identity theft, bad checks, forgery and criminal attempt.
Police say Neubauer "conducted a high end flim flam operation" in New Hope, including "the purchase of three properties, high end jewelry, and passing numerous checks on accounts for which she had no authority."
Two of the three properties are owned by area developer George Michael, and the third was purchased in Philadelphia through New Hope realtors, confirmed Corporal Matt Zimmerman of the New Hope Police Department.
Zimmerman also confirmed that the woman known as "Lucy George" in New Hope, the woman being held in a Monmouth County prison as "Nydia Neubauer", and the "Nydia Luz Vega" depicted in the passport photo (above) are one in the same.
Police estimate that total damages arising from her alleged fraudulent activity could reach $7.5 million, of which $250,000 was in the form of "bad checks."
Amazingly enough, New Hope police are also seeing signs of "old activity in Bucks County dating back to the 1970s." They believe Peddler's Village may have been among Neubauer's targets back then.
Local police appear to have left no stone unturned in their efforts to build a strong case against Neubauer.
"We have worked very hard on following this case by the numbers to ensure a successful prosecution," explained Zimmerman. "We intend to make whatever restitution is available to the victims."
Neubauer is currently being held in Monmouth County Correctional Institute in Freehold, N.J., and is expected to be extradited to New York next to face a larceny charge there.