LITTLE SILVER POLICE BLOTTER FOR JANUARY

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• January 1– A resident from Sherwood Rd. reported Credit Card Fraud when he discovered that an unknown subject was making unauthorized purchases on his credit card. P.O. Eric Van Schaack and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

• January 3– Mark Drzewiecki, 18, of Shrewsbury, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Branch Ave. for Possession of a Fraudulent Drivers License. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

• January 3– A Theft was reported after a cell phone had been stolen from a location on Ridge Rd. P.O. Robert Chenoweth investigated.

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EX-LAWYER ARRESTED FOR LOCUST FRAUD

By JOHN T. WARD

A former Red Bank lawyer was arrested Wednesday on a theft charge for fraudulently putting the ownership of a Middletown property in his own name, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced late in the day.

Alexander Iler, 38, of Middletown, who maintained a law office on Broad Street, is alleged to have forged the signature of a purported seller on a deed, making himself the buyer, said Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

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EX-LITTLE SILVER WORKER BUSTED FOR FRAUD

A former employee of a Little Silver business was being held in jail Wednesday on charges she used pilfered credit-card data to commit identity theft and fraud, borough police say.

Tara Galen, 35, of Brick Township was ordered held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $60,000 bail, without the option to post 10 percent, following her arrest Tuesday by Detective Gregory Oliva.

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FORMER BROOKDALE PREZ COPS TO FRAUD

Peter Burnham, who resigned as president of Brookdale Community College last year amid questions over his lavish pay and perks, pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding the school out of $40,000, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced.

Burnham, of Colts Neck, also admitted bilking the federal government and Monmouth University out of $20,000 in student aid after he quit in discgrace, according to Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Grammiccioni.

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MIDDLETOWN ARREST REPORT

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• On July 5, 2012 the Middletown Police Detective Bureau and Quality of Life Unit executed an arrest warrant at a residence on Evergreen Terrace in Middletown. Police arrested Christopher Newrock, age 23, from Evergreen Terrace on a Contempt of Court warrant. Police say Newrock was also charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Bath Salts, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct and Terroristic Threats as a result of the warrant execution.

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MIDDLETOWN COPS CITE SIX FOR DWI

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• Brian Seward, age 49, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on June 20, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti for Theft. He was released pending a court date.

• Patricia Bulinsky, age 40, from Oregon Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2012 by Patrolman Albert Scott for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

• Lynn Moretti, age 40, from Jersey Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with the intent to Distribute, Unlawful Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was held on bail.

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MIDDLETOWN: POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• On May 23, 2012 Detectives Laurence Schachtel and Daniel Sullivan arrested Samantha Luberto, age 21, from Forest Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a Public Park and Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute within 1000 feet of a School Zone.

Luberto was arrested as a result of a motor vehicle stop on Thompson Avenue in Middletown. She was released pending a court date.

• Cynthia Siegfried, age 56, from Highway 36 in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on May 28, 2012 by Patrolman Charles Higgins for Criminal Trespass and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Manchester and Ocean Municipal Courts. She was held on $979.00 bail.

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A BOOZY WEEK IN MIDDLETOWN

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• Frane Pesa, age 20, from Sunset Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on May 8, 2012 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Holmdel Municipal Courts. He was held on $1,750.00 bail.

• Nicole Welch, age 27, from Bergen Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on May 8, 2012 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan and Patrolman Keith Hirschbein of the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,000.00 bail.

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FIVE CHARGED IN WINDOW-BREAKING SPREE

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• 4/2/12

-Ptl. Lagrotteria arrested Richard P. Devaney, 53, Hazlet and charged him with DWI. Additional motor vehicle complaints were signed against Mr. Devaney. Mr. Devaney was released pending a court date.

• 4/4/12

-Det. Dykstra took a Theft report from a River Rd. business where a subject is refusing to pay for items taken from the victim.

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LITTLE SILVER POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• April 8- A Fraud was reported to have taken place at a residence on Winding Way. P.O. Andrew Smith investigated.

• April 9- A business owner from Birch Ave. reported that a Bad Check, in excess of $900.00, had been received from a customer. P.O. Andrew Smith investigated.

• April 10- A resident from Mitchell Pl. reported that her vehicle had been stolen from her driveway sometime during the early morning hours. P.O. Amanda Arnold and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

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FAKE ‘NEPHEW’ INDICTED IN $750K SCAM

A man of indeterminate age and address has been indicted for allegedly scamming an elderly Red Bank woman out of $750,000 by pretending to be her nephew, Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw announced Monday.

James J. James J. Demitro, also known Anthony Tatalia, was charged by a county grand jury with second-degree theft by deception, including a scheme to acquire the woman’s home for just $1.

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M’TOWN COPS MAKE RX FRAUD ARREST

By DUSTIN RACIOPPImiddletown-pd

Middletown police busted a Keansburg man late last month for allegedly submitting a false prescription for 120 Oxycodone pills at a pharmacy in the Navesink section of town.

The investigation also yielded forgery and receiving stolen property charges, police said.

More reports, unedited, appear below.

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FAIR HAVEN SENIOR SCAMMED FOR $14K

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI authorities3

A Fair Haven senior citizen was bilked out of $14,000 recently by a person pretending to be his or her grandson, police said.

Police were alerted to the scam Thursday, when a senior said that a person identifying himself as a grandson made five phone calls over three days claiming he was in need of help.

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TITLE COMPANY EXEC GETS 12 YEARS IN JAIL

just_in1The owner of a Red Bank real estate title company is heading to state prison for a dozen years for stealing $3.8 million of client funds to fund personal investments, according to an announcement by the state Attorney General.

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DENTIST & WIFE NOT GUILTY IN FRAUD CASE

A Red Bank dentist and his office-manager wife were acquitted earlier this week of all charges in a Medicaid fraud case, the Asbury Park Press reports.

After a four-week trial, a jury in state Superior Court in Freehold found dentist Marc Weber not guilty of all four counts that remained against him following an 11-count indictment a year ago, the Press reports. Weber’s wife, Jennifer Barbers, was acquitted on all five counts left against her.

Weber’s Broad Street dental practice, Weber Dental Associates, was also acquitted of all charges, which included health care claims fraud. Barbers alone faced charges of identity theft and theft by deception.

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ANSORGE BOOKKEEPER ADMITS FRAUD

hot-topic rightA former employee of Red Bank-based Ansorge Unlimited pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding the advertising and publishing firm of $403,000, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced today.

As part of a plea bargain, Rebecca Cirillo, 34, of Atlantic Highlands, admitted embezzling the funds from the publisher of Red Bank Red Hot magazine over the course of more than two years. She also pleaded guilty filing a fraudulent tax return.

Prosecutors are asking that Cirillo get five years in prison when sentenced in January by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Richard W. English.

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M’TOWN MAN CHARGED WITH CHECK FRAUD

call-in-the-authoritiesA Middletown man was arrested yesterday on check-kiting charges that authorities say defrauded a Shrewsbury bank branch of nearly $93,000.

Sandy Masselli, 48, was held on $100,000 bail and ordered to surrender his passport as a condition of being released, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, which announced the arrest Thursday afternoon.

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ADMITTED SCAMMER GETS SEVEN YEARS

hot-topic rightForty-one-year-old financial advisor Stephen Severio of Fair Haven was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday after admitting that he defrauded clients out of more than $700,000, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Many of the 34 clients Severio admitting bilking were elderly, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, which handled the case.

According to the Press, Severio’s lawyer, Mitchell Ansell:

described Severio as a gambling addict and otherwise law-abiding citizen who lost his career and family, and ultimately all the money, due to his addiction.”What fuels him is in no way an excuse for what he did,” Ansell said.

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NO TAKERS FOR TAINTED PROPERTIES

ls-texaco-060710The former Hunter’s Texaco station and the onetime home of the Wicker Rose, in background, failed to attract any bids at a bankruptcy auction Tuesday. (Click to enlarge)

Three Little Silver properties put up for auction as part of the wind-down of the massive Solomon Dwek bank fraud case failed to attract a single bid Tuesday.

The adjoining properties — a former Texaco station, the former home of the Wicker Rose furniture store and a small house, all at the juncture of Willow Drive and Sycamore Avenue — have significant underground contamination issues resulting from fuel leakage from the filling station and other sources.

The absence of bids was “not exactly what we were looking for,” said Ray Smith, of Stafford Smith Realty, which managed the auction on behalf of a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee. “But in light of the environmental conditions there, it’s not a big surprise.”

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FAIR HAVEN BROKER COPS TO $700K SCAM

authorities2aA stockbroker from Fair Haven is looking at seven years in prison under the terms of a plea deal he accepted yesterday for pocketing nearly $700,000 he swindled from 31 clients, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced yesterday.

Here’s the text of a press release from the office of Prosecutor Luis Valentin:

On February 16, 2010, Stephen Severio, 40, of Fair Haven, N.J., appeared in Monmouth County Superior Court and pled guilty to criminal charges contained in two indictments and one accusation. The charges relate to thefts Severio committed against his clients while he was employed as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch.

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LOCAL MEN FACE PRISON FOR PRISON SCAM

call-in-the-authoritiesA Red Bank man appears headed into the state prison system he admitted scamming out of $153,000, the New Jersey Attorney General‘s office announced yesterday.

Mark Stermer, 43, pleaded guilty Tuesday before state Superior Court Judge Ira E. Kreizman in Freehold to making false representations in connection with state contracts awarded by another man identified as a Red Banker, former state Department of Corrections administrator Gerald T. Kennedy.

Kennedy, also of Red Bank,  pleaded guilty last month to orchestrating a wide-ranging bid rigging and kickback scheme that steered some $630,000 in state business to friends.

Stermer, 43, and his company, SteelGrey  LLC, each pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of making false representations for government contracts.

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MONEY MAN ADMITS TO STATE FRAUD CHARGES

authorities3One day after he pleaded guilty to federal charges arising from an $8 million investment scam, Fair Haven resident Maxwell Smith was in state court Wednesday, owning up to more allegations.

The 69-year-old former financial adviser at Cantone Research in Tinton Falls faces up to 15 years on the state charges when he’s sentenced on March 5, according to an announcement from the office of Attorney General AnnE Milgram.

He faces a 20-year sentence on related federal charges, to which he pleaded guilty on Tuesday, and is scheduled for sentencing in that case on February 26. Under a “global resolution” worked out between prosecutors and Smith’s lawer, the sentences will be served concurrently.

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FAIR HAVEN MAN ADMITS $8 MILLION SCAM

authorities2aMaxwell Smith, a 69-year-old financial advisor and Fair Haven resident, pleaded guilty to fraud charges yesterday, admitting he stole at least $8 million from clients.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton on February 26. Meantime, he’s free on $1 million bail, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark.

Smith, who worked at Cantone Research in Tinton Falls until last April, admitted to Cooper that he set up a phony investment fund that purportedly had $300 million under management as a means of attracting investments from clients.

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