Rochelle Park NJ Man Accused of Stealing, Forging Checks in Order to Finance Heroin Addiction
According to police, the 44-year-old suspect worked for the victim. Moreover, the victim allowed the suspect to live with him.
The employer became suspicious when one of his business checks bounced due to lack of funds in the account. This prompted the victim to check out his bank records; he discovered that several checks had been issued and cashed without his consent.
The victim contacted Rochelle Park NJ police and notified them of the thefts. Detectives then investigated bank transactions and observed bank surveillance footage. Police eventually identified the suspect as the individual who had been forging and cashing the victim’s checks.
When police interviewed the suspect, he allegedly told them that he stole the checks so that he could fund his heroin addiction.
It is believed that the suspect stole and cashed up to 130 checks.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail. He is being held at the facility on a $45,000 bail amount.
The investigation into the thefts remains ongoing. If Rochelle Park police are able to identify other thefts in the case, additional charges could be pending.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Stole $30K in Checks to Fund Heroin Habit, Police Say.”