William Nagle of Sea Bright got a certificate of occupancy for his Center Street apartment on December 29th, yet continued to charge FEMA for 68 nights of hotel stays from January 14 through March 23, according to charges filed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Nagle was arrested and charged Wednesday with third degree Theft by Deception for defrauding FEMA of more than $12,000 in Transitional Aid Housing.
“Being a victim does not open the door to defraud the government in times of need. We can all pull together in times of crisis to help one another, but that combined effort to aid and assist comes with the understanding that no one will take advantage of the situation,” Acting Prosecutor Christopher J Gramiccioni said.
Since its launch in February, the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force has opened approximately 112 investigations into complaints of unregistered contractors, reconstruction and home repair fraud, and other consumer-related problems. Of those 112 cases opened by the Task Force, about 20 have involved criminal or potentially criminal matters with the remaining cases mostly being handled by investigators from the State and County Consumer Affairs offices. To date, 44 cases have been remediated or closed after investigation and review by the Task Force.
Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force was launched to address complaints arising from fraudulent reconstruction and home repair, charitable contribution or cyber-scams and other consumer-related issues.
Homeowners or citizens can report complaints via the following:
- The Task Force webpage at www.SandyFraud.com or call the Task Force hotline at (855) SANDY 39.
- Visit the Task Force Command Center, located in the Bayshore Activity Center at Bayshore Waterfront Park, 719 Port Monmouth Road, in the Port Monmouth, New Jersey. Command Center hours are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nagle is now being housed at Golden’s Palace in Freehold on $5000 bail with no 10% option.