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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of LEONARD S. GUEYE (DOB: 12/29/1961; single; self-employed) and EUSTACE L. GUEYE (DOB: 9/17/1992; single; unknown) of 377 Anderson Street, Hackensack, NJ on charges of Theft By Deception, Money Laundering, Wrongful Impersonation, Forgery and Defrauding Secured Creditors. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Maywood Police Department under the direction of Chief Joseph Natale, along with the assistance of the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer in Charge Captain Peter Busciglio.
On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received information from the Maywood Police Department regarding a potential mortgage loan fraud. A joint investigation revealed that LEONARD S. GUEYE and EUSTACE L. GUEYE had obtained the personal identifying information of the victim and, using that information, had applied for and received a mortgage loan in excess of $400,000 without the victim’s consent.
On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, LEONARD S. GUEYE and EUSTACE L. GUEYE were arrested and each charged with one count of Theft By Deception, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 20-4(a), a 2nd degree crime; one count of Money Laundering, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25b(1), a 2nd degree crime; one count of Wrongful Impersonation, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17a(2), a 2nd degree crime; one count of Forgery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1a(2), a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Defrauding Secured Creditors, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-12, a 4th degree crime. They were both released on a summons pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.