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East Rutherford bank forger asks judge to return him to prison so he can finish college credits

Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia

CVP EXCLUSIVE: A Brooklyn man who admitted defrauding an East Rutherford bank today in a Hackensack courtroom had an unusual request for the judge: Send him back to prison today so that he can more quickly complete college courses he’s taking there.

Authorities ordinarily hold a convicted defendant at the Bergen County Jail until sentencing.

Quaran S. Chance, however, told Superior Court Judge James J. Guida that he’d rather be immediately sent back to prison out of state — where he’s serving a six-year term for another conviction — and not attend a scheduled Aug. 14 sentencing.

The judge said he didn’t have the authority to direct jail officials when to transport him, but he agreed to sentence Chance in absentia to a year behind bars.

Authorities originally charged Chance in October 2011 with four counts of defrauding the TD Bank branch in East Rutherford branch while using debit and gift cards belonging to other people in six other instances.

Charges were reduced in exchange for his guilty plea to a single count of presenting a phton driver’s license.

STORY / PHOTO: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia

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