In an effort to avoid paying his traffic tickets that worked for a lot longer than it probably should have, Olawale Agoro of Hackensack, New Jersey appeared in court several times while posing as his made-up twin brother "Tony," the Bergen Record reports. Also, he pretended to be blind.
The 58-year-old Agoro was issued with five motor vehicle summons on July 31st. He appeared in court on Sept. 19, identifying himself as "Tony." After his appearance, the original arresting officer, who had recognized Agoro in court, pulled him over, issuing three more tickets and impounding his car, the Record reports. This forced Agoro to admit that he was not blind, so that he could get his car back.
According to the Record, Agoro appeared before clerks as "Tony" twice more, requesting adjournments (that were granted) while claiming that his "brother" Olawale was in Nigeria mourning the death of their father. But he was standing right there in front of them!
When Agoro missed a court date on Wednesday, a warrant was issued for his arrest. He appeared in court on Thursday, still claiming to be Tony. At this point, clerks called township police. From the Record:
Detective James DePreta and Officer Ken Stapleton questioned Agoro about "Tony." But the Hackensack man was unable to produce identification. Police then matched a birth mark under his lip on his driver's license photo of Agoro to the man who was claiming to be "Tony," and a fingerprint scan proved that "Tony" did not exist.
The Record reports that Agoro, after resisting arrest once more, was sent to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. "This is just another example of the extremes people will go to escape justice," Rochelle Park Police Chief Robert Flannelly said Friday.