Man pretended to be his landlord’s lawyer, hoped to avoid eviction, cops say
He's not an attorney ... but authorities say he plays one when trying to avoid getting evicted.
Bergen County authorities have arrested a man they say pretended to be his landlord's attorney to avoid getting kicked out of an apartment.
Wait, how's that work?
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Vernon Scott was appearing before the local Superior Court in the October and November of last year, trying to forestall eviction proceedings. But before his appearances, the prosecutor's office said, the court received faxed documents claiming to be from the landlord's attorney, looking to postpone or terminate the proceedings.
When authorities looked closer, they found the documents were forged, the prosecutor's office said.
"A review of the fax header and footer information revealed that the faxed documents were connected to Mr. Scott, who benefited directly by their submission," it said in an announcement of his arrest.
It wasn't his first alleged scam. Prosecutors say they learned he'd fraudulently filed an application for a New Jersey driver’s license in which he failed to indicate that his New York driver’s license was suspended.
He was arrested on Tuesday, authorities said.
Scott was charged with three counts of uttering a forged document, three counts of wrongful impersonation and one count of tampering with public records or information.
He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail Annex in lieu of bail set at $25,000 with no 10 percent cash option, authorities said.