LAWRENCE - Police officers pretending to investigate a 911 call at a Marston Street apartment complex nabbed an alleged New York City fugitive charged with stealing $5.7 million from Columbia University in a "large-scale white-collar" Internet crime.
Jeremy Dieudonne, 46, a Haitian man living under the stolen Puerto Rican identity of Hector Santiago, was arrested at a 112 Marston St. apartment last Friday afternoon, according to police.
Dieudonne, along with two business partners, were indicted in New York on grand larceny and other charges after they allegedly siphoned $5.7 million from Columbia University into accounts under their own names. The trio, which operated a company called IT & Security Solutions LLC, is accused of then withdrawing stolen cash from the accounts, according to court papers.
Last Wednesday, New York City detectives came to Lawrence, where they believed Dieudonne was living at 112 Marston St., Apt. 217, under the name of Hector Santiago. Lawrence officer Michael Simard went with the detectives to look for Dieudonne but he was not home and the New York detectives returned to New York.
On Friday, after enlisting help from Trooper John Strazzullo of the State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Simard and Officer Adam Goujon went back to apartment 217 "on a 911 ruse," according to a police report.
Dieudonne identified himself at first as Santiago, but admitted moments later that he was Dieudonne. He was immediately arrested on the New York City warrant as a fugitive from justice.
During booking at the Lawrence Police Department, Dieudonne gave police a New York City address.
Police confiscated three cell phones, a wallet containing a Massachusetts driver's license and Social Security card in the name of Hector Santiago, as well as miscellaneous credit cards, business cards and paperwork in the name of Jeremy Dieudonne. A laptop computer and a Ford Explorer, both of which Dieudonne said belonged to a friend, were also seized, police said.