August 8, 2016
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to an accusation before the Honorable William J. McGovern, III, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on August 8, 2016 by Francois Toussaint.
Toussaint, age 26, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty to three counts of Forgery, a crime of the third degree and fourth degree Obstructing the Administration of the Law. Sentencing is presently scheduled for September 23, 2016.
The defendant admitted that he, along with a co-defendant, forged money orders and then cashed them at Branchville, Lafayette and Augusta Post Offices. When confronted by Hamburg Police at Hamburg Post Office he ran from the building. A foot pursuit ensued and Toussaint was caught a short time later. New Jersey State Troopers also assisted in the multi-jurisdiction investigation.
Toussaint was represented by Janine Cerra, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.