Old Bridge teen, awaiting trial in murder of township resident, arrested for forgery and passing bad checks
Criminal complaints were signed against Christian M. Tinli, 19, charging him with two counts of forgery, a third-degree crime, and two counts of passing bad checks, a fourth-degree crime, Capt. Arthur Carullo said on Monday.
Police were dispatched to Old Bridge Check Cashers on Englishtown Road on a report that they received two fraudulent U.S. Postal Service money orders. Upon arrival, police were told that a man entered the store at about 6:02 p.m. March 15 and attempted to cash two fraudulent Postal Service money orders for $950.25 each, made out to Tinli. Upon examination, the employee realized they were fraudulent and kept the money orders, Carullo said.
After an investigation, Detective Glen Smalley arrested Tinli on Monday at Old Bridge Police Headquarters without incident, Carullo said.
Tinli’s bail was set at $80,000 without the option of paying 10 percent by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz in New Brunswick.
Tinli, along with Julian Daley, Cash Q. Johnson, Steven K. Contreras and Christopher Conway, is awaiting trial for allegedly attacking Dr. Divyendu Sinha while Sinha was out with his family for a nighttime walk outside their Fela Drive home, officials said.
The five teenagers also are charged with assaulting two of Sinha’s sons and a motorist before the attack on Sinha. Sinha’s two sons suffered minor injuries in the attack. His wife was not harmed. Sinha died three days later from a head injury suffered during the assault.