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Man charged with giving fake identity to Hackettstown Medical Center to avoid paying hospital bills

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Hackettstown man who avoided paying more than $31,000 for five trips to Hackettstown Medical Center by giving the hospital a fake identity has been charged, police said.

Enrique Rodriguez-Ortiz, 64, was charged on Feb. 28 with theft of services, providing false name for the purpose of obtaining benefits, and exhibit false document.

On Sept. 3, 2019, at around 2:28 p.m., police responded to Hackettstown Medical Center, located at 651 Willow Grove St, in reference to a fraud complaint, police said.

Through a police investigation it was determined that Rodriguez-Ortiz allegedly provided a false name, false social security card and a false permanent resident card on July 25, 2016, Sept. 16, 2017, Sept. 27, 2017, May 23, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2019 to staff members of the hospital in order to obtain services from the facility, police said.

The total loss incurred by the hospital was $31,380.43, police said.

Rodriguez-Ortiz was charged and released pending a court appearance.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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