Police: Man assumes dead brother’s identity, charged with drug possession

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of a man they say gave authorities his dead brother’s name when stopped Dec. 22 in New Scotland.

Jean M. Cesar, 41, of Haiti was stopped along Route 443 after a Sheriff’s Sergeant observed a traffic violation. Cesar gave authorities a Pennsylvania license with the name Jean H. Cesar.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Cesar was found in possession of more than two grams of crack cocaine and two plastic bags of marijuana. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Cesar was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility.

Further investigation revealed that Cesar used the identification of his brother, who passed away in August, and who had a different middle name.

Cesar was additionally charged with forgery, a felony. He will be arraigned Dec. 30 in New Scotland Town Court, and will also be re-arraigned under his real name on the drug charges against him.

The Sheriff’s Office said Cesar faces forgery and criminal impersonation charges in Colonie for allegedly using a false name when booked into the Correctional Facility.

Because Cesar is not a citizen, U.S. Customs and Immigrations Officers are investigating the matter as well, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Cesar is also wanted in Georgia for a parole violation.

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