Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of 38-year-old Konstadinos Peppas, of Edgewater, on forgery, impersonation and perjury related charges.
In August of 2015, members of the BCPO White Collar Crimes Unit received a complaint regarding suspected forgery and perjury from a Bergen County Superior Court Judge.
An investigation into the complaint revealed that during a landlord / tenant matter in front of the Bergen County Superior Court in August of 2015, Peppas testified that he had received permission from his landlord to postpone eviction proceedings.
To support his testimony, Peppas testified that he had received verbal permission via voicemail and written permission from the landlord in a series of e-mail messages.
Peppas submitted, to the court, the e-mail chain of communications which he purported to have received from the landlord and which were signed, electronically, with the landlord’s name. As a result of the investigation, detectives determined that the e-mails had been forged.
On December 4, 2015, Peppas was arrested at his residence in Edgewater by BCPO detectives who were assisted by Edgewater Police Officers.
Peppas was charged with one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1a3, Uttering a Forged Document, a 3rd degree crime, one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17a1, Wrongful Impersonation, a 3rd degree crime, and, one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:28-1a, Perjury, a 3rd degree crime.
He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail Annex in lieu of bail set at $25,000 with a 10% cash alternative by the Honorable Louis J. Dinice, Judge of the Bergen County Central Municipal Court.
Peppas first appearance in Bergen County Central Municipal Court has been scheduled for December 17, 2015.