Edgewater New Jersey Man Allegedly Forged Emails in Landlord-Renter Dispute
Edgewater New Jersey police arrested a man accused of forging a series of emails in order to avoid eviction.
The incident reportedly occurred in August 2015. According to Bergen County authorities, the 38-year-old suspect was involved in eviction proceedings in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey.
The suspect needed to postpone a court date, so he allegedly fabricated an email chain that included emails from his landlord. The emails were reportedly written in such a way as to show the landlord consenting to a postponement, in addition to granting permission for the suspect to stay in the house.
The suspect even testified in court that the emails were valid. Moreover, the suspect allegedly forged his landlord’s electronic signature on several of the emails.
The Bergen County Superior Court judge sensed that something was amiss, so he notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
A subsequent investigation reportedly turned up evidence indicating that the emails were faked. The suspect was then placed under arrest at his residence in Edgewater, New Jersey.
The suspect faces criminal charges for uttering a forged document, wrongful impersonation, and perjury.
After being arrested and charged in the case, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $25K bail amount.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Renter Forged Emails from Landlord to Stave Off Eviction, Prosecutor Says.”