Authorities in Bergen County announced the arrest of Mr. Omer Barnes, 43, of Harrington Park on charges of Counterfeiting and Tampering With Public Records Or Information.
Police say on Thursday, August 27th, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received information from a complainant regarding the possible installation of fraudulent security doors in the Harrington Park school system.
Officials said an investigation revealed that Barnes’ company, REMO Security Doors, installed security doors in a Harrington Park school that were missing the requisite fire rating certification tags.
Subsequently, officials said without authorization from the issuing company, then affixed or caused to be affixed serialized tags purported to be provided by Intertek, a testing and certifying company, indicating that the doors had met the necessary fire rating requirements.
He also presented documentation to the Harrington Park fire sub-code official that the doors were in compliance with the necessary fire rating.
The investigation determined that the serial numbers on the tags were not for the doors installed.
As a result of the scheme, officials said Barnes received a personal benefit in excess of $39,900.
On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, Barnes was arrested and charged.