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Duo Arrested on Fraud Charges

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police department announces the arrest of Abdurrashiyd Rivera (54) of New York, N.Y., and Quinones Santiago (55) of Bronx, N.Y. on a variety of fraud related charges on November 18, 2021.

On that date, at approximately 2:00 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by representatives of the TD Bank, located on Hollywood Avenue, regarding an individual who was currently in the bank and attempting to withdraw cash from a checking account using what appeared to be fraudulent identification. When officers arrived, bank officials pointed out Rivera as the individual they suspected was involved in the ongoing fraud.

When officers began to speak with Rivera, it is alleged that he initially identified himself to the officers using the name that was on the identification presented to the bank. This individually was reportedly from New Hampshire. Bank officials stated that Rivera allegedly attempted to withdraw $4500.00 from an account using that identification. They further stated that, approximately one hour earlier, an individual matching Rivera’s description and another individual, attempted to do the same transaction at their Montville branch.

At this time, Fairfield officers encountered a second individual, in proximity to the bank, who allegedly matched the description of the other individual who was involved in the incident in Montville. This individual was later identified as Santiago. Further investigation revealed that these individuals were allegedly the same two also involved in the Montville incident.

Based upon the totality of the circumstances, both individuals were placed under arrest. It is alleged that Rivera had in his possession a fraudulent credit card. It is further alleged that Santiago had in his possession a fraudulent Florida drivers license and a credit card in the name of another, as well as a small quantity of suspected cocaine and heroin.

Rivera was charged with identification theft, exhibiting, and possessing a false government document, forgery, possession of a fraudulent credit and conspiracy. Rivera was eventually transferred to the Essex County Jail.

Santiago was charged with possession of heroin, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia, identity theft, possession of a false government document and a fraudulent credit card and conspiracy. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a hearing schedule in the superior court on December 23, 2021.

(It should be noted that the charges against both Rivera and Santiago are merely allegations and that they are presumed innocent until either or both pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

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