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Hillsdale PD: Pair Stole Checks From Released Hospital Patient

Eric Fernandez, Karian Persaud
Eric Fernandez, Karian Persaud Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy HILLSDALE PD

HILLSDALE, N.J. – A Bloomfield man working for a private ambulance service stole two checks from a Hillsdale woman while she was being transported home from a hospital, then conspired with his girlfriend to deposit them, authorities said.

Eric Fernandez “stole the checks while transporting the resident,” then filled them out and signed them in the victim’s name, Police Chief Robert Francaviglia said.

The 32-year-old EMT then deposited the checks into the account of Karian Persaud, 31, who works as a clerk, the chief said.

Fernandez was arrested Wednesday, charged with various forgery and theft counts and sent to the Bergen County Jail.

Hours later, a judge ordered him released pending further court action, under New Jersey's 2017 bail reform law..

Persaud was released on a summons.

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