Man Forges Letters To Hide Criminal Past…And Gets Caught

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Can trying to land a job actually land you in jail?  Apparently so!  Well, in Silvester Colonna’s case anyway.  Mr. Colonna attempted to dupe his employer by forging letters from law enforcement officials which stated he had no criminal record after a background check conducted by his employer revealed that he did.  Unfortunately, Mr. Colonna’s grammar and spelling weren’t up to par and his deception was revealed.  He is now being charged with five counts of criminal impersonation and forgery.  I wonder how he’ll explain these blemishes on his record to his next potential employer…

Stafford man charged with forging letters from cops to hide criminal convictions

By Joshua Burd, www.app.com – October 8, 2008

An Ocean County man was charged with forging letters from law-enforcement officials, including the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, to convince a new employer he had a clean record, Union County authorities said.

Silvester Colonna, 53, of the Manahawkin section of Stafford, is accused of trying to hide his past from a Hillside-based company that hired him earlier this year but discovered through background checks that he had several previous criminal convictions.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said Colonna denied having a criminal background and forged several letters to prove otherwise. One of the letters purportedly came from Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan and indicated that the Silvester Colonna the company had hired was different from the one with the criminal history, Romankow said.

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