Edgewater NJ police busted a man who allegedly forged emails to help his case during a landlord-tenant dispute.
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the 38-year-old suspect was facing likely eviction in Bergen County Superior Court in August 2015. The suspect was hoping to postpone the court date, so he allegedly faked an email chain that included emails sent by his landlord. The emails were allegedly fabricated to show the landlord agreeing to a postponement, as well as granting permission for the suspect to stay in the residence.
The criminal charges were later filed because the suspect allegedly presented the fake emails in Bergen County Superior Court. Additionally, the suspect allegedly testified in court that the landlord had provided both verbal consent and written consent for the suspect to remain in the home.
Beyond that, the suspect reportedly forged the landlord’s electronic signature on multiple emails.
The Bergen County Superior Court judge suspected that the emails were faked, so he notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors investigated the suspect and eventually arrested him at his home in Edgewater, New Jersey.
The suspect was charged with several criminal offenses, including uttering a forged document, wrongful impersonation, and perjury.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the jail on a $25,000 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Renter Forged Emails from Landlord to Stave Off Eviction, Prosecutor Says.”