ELIZABETH – Authorities arrested a Woodbridge man last week who allegedly used a stolen identity to avoid traffic fines.
Between Feb. 1 and Aug. 1, 2009, Jason Wood, 38, was pulled over by police officers for a variety of traffic infractions, including careless driving, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. At each stop in Union County he told officers that he did not have his driver’s license and instead gave the name of a construction worker who lives in Pennsylvania, Romankow said.
When the tickets went unpaid, warrants were issued in the name of the Pennsylvania victim who contacted the issuing law enforcement agencies saying he was unaware of the traffic violations.
An investigation was launched in August 2009 by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. Through work by Det. Jamieson Antonio, investigators identified Wood as the suspect, Romankow said.
Wood is charged with third degree criminal impersonation and is currently being held at the Union County Jail on $15,000 bail.
The four stops where Wood allegedly used the victim’s name occurred in Elizabeth and Linden. The victim’s name has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
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