A Poughkeepsie man convicted Tuesday of using a fake identity in an attempt to get a loan is on the run and the Orange County District Attorney's Office is asking for the public's help in locating him.
Kodjo Kondon, 30, of Poughkeepsie, was convicted after a jury found him guilty of two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and resisting arrest, even though he failed to show up for the trial, said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.
A warrant has been issued for Kondon who was convicted of attempting to obtain a loan using a forged South Carolina driver's license at the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union in the Town of New Windsor, Hoovler said.
When the New Windsor police were summoned while Kondon was at the bank, he struck a police sergeant and fled. He was apprehended nearby and was found to also be in possession of a forged Illinois driver’s license in yet another false name.
Prior to failing to appear, Kondon had been warned by Judge Craig Brown that if he failed to appear, the jury trial would continue in his absence and the court could sentence him in his absence.
Kondon faces seven to 14 years in state prison when he is sentenced.
Judge Brown scheduled the sentencing for April 4, 2017, and announced he is inclined to impose sentence even if Kondon is not present.
“The jury’s verdict was clearly supported by the evidence,” said Hoovler. “This defendant should have complied with the lawful orders of the Town of New Windsor Police, rather than resisting arrest. After his futile attempt to fraudulently obtain a loan using forged documents was thwarted, the defendant’s attempt to flee the police and evade justice by absconding during the trial will only result in him receiving additional punishment.”
Anyone with information should contact the New Windsor Police at 845-565-7000 or the Orange County District Attorney's Office at 845-291-2050.