Rome man accused of lying to grand jury

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A Rome man has been charged with felony perjury for lying to the grand jury about being hit by a car, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Officials said Jesse Beltran, 34, of Rome, told Rome Police earlier this year that a woman he knew hit him with her motor vehicle while he was walking in Rome.

Authorities said Beltran testified about this to a grand jury in November, leading to an indictment against the woman.

District Attorney Scott D. McNamara said further investigation into the case revealed that Beltran was lying. McNamara said all charges against the woman were dismissed.

Beltran was charged on Feb. 18 with one count of first-degree perjury, a class D felony. He was arraigned in Utica City Court and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court.

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