RUMSON: ADMITTED CON MAN ARRESTED AGAIN
A day after pleading guilty to defrauding Rumson homeowners over repairs to their Hurricane Sandy-damaged home, a New York man was arrested again Tuesday, according to the Staten Island Advance.
Frank Lewery, 52, of the Tottenville section of Staten Island, who was free on $75,000 pending sentencing on the fraud charges, was nabbed on “a slew of charges” Tuesday, the newspaper reports.
From the Advance:
Lewery was arrested in four separate cases on charges of grand larceny, insurance fraud, identity theft, possessing a forged instrument, scheme to defraud and commercial bribery, according to an NYPD spokesman.
The circumstances of those charges aren’t immediately clear, though more information will likely be made available when Lewery is formally charged by prosecutors and arraigned before a judge. The NYPD spokesman couldn’t provide additional details, except to say the arrest was made by District Attorney Daniel Donovan’s NYPD detective squad.
On Monday, Lewery pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Freehold to one count of third degree theft for taking checks given to him by homeowners for repairs to their Rumson home and cashed them at check-cashing facilities on Staten Island and Brooklyn.
At the time of his arrest last October, authorities said Lewery had scammed Rumson homeowners for $37,500.
He also pleaded to one count of failing to register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
As part of a plea agreement, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said it will recommend a sentence of three years in prison and restitution of $30,740. Lewery’s sentencing, by Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., is scheduled for May 16.