Brian Nogiewich. Photo via Monmouth Co Prosecutors Office
Judge Joseph W. Oxley issued an arrest warrant for Brian Nogiewich, 54, of Toms River, today when Nogiewich failed to surrender to the Monmouth County Super Storm Sandy Fraud Task Force.
Nogiewich is charged with Theft for failing to deliver natural gas powered electrical generators to customers who paid him for them in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, according to a statement from Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
The joint investigation by members of the Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force, including the FBI, revealed that Nogiewich accepted payments from two Monmouth County residents in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but failed to either deliver the natural gas-powered generators or refund his customers’ money. One victim paid Nogiewich a deposit of just under $3,000, while the second victim paid him more than $4,700 for the power plant. Neither victim has received a generator or a refund.
The investigation further revealed an application by Nogiewich to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs for a Home Improvement Contractor Registration Number contained false information.
Nogiewich is charged with two counts of third degree Theft by Deception and one count of fourth degree Failure to Register with Division of Consumer Affairs.
Nogiewich has continued to evade authorities since failing to surrender after telling investigators he was in the State of Delaware and would return to New Jersey. Additional information has led investigators to believe he may also be in Upstate New York.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Nogiewich is urged to call Detective Elethia Baldwin, of this Office at 732-431-7160 ext. 6349 or toll-free at 1-800-533-7443.
Posted: October 9th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Christoper Gramicconi, Joe Oxley, Judge Joseph Oxley, Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force | 1 Comment »
The Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force and Volunteer Lawyers for Justice will be holding a legal clinic to assist Sandy survivors on Thursday afternoon, September 19, from 2pm -4:30pm at the Bayshore Activity Center, 719 Port Monmouth Ave, Port Monmouth, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Department of Consumer Affairs, FBI, IRS, New Jersey Division of Taxation, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies will be on hand to provide information and assistance to anyone in need.
Attorneys from the Disaster Legal Response Program launched by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice will also be available to consult with people and provide free legal advice. Those requiring further assistance may be referred to volunteer outside counsel (financial eligibility requirements apply).
The hotline for the Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force is (855) SANDY-39. Volunteer Lawyers for Justice may be reached at (855) 301-2525.
Posted: September 17th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Community Announcements, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice | 1 Comment »
49 Second Street, Highlands. Click for larger view.
For the second time in less than a month, a home being lifted above the floodplain has collapsed in the borough of Highlands.
At 9:43 this evening the Highlands Police Department received a call that the house at 49 Second Street had collapsed.
The Highlands Fire Department and eight volunteer members of the Highlands First Aid Squad are on the scene. There were no injuries reported. Gas and electric utilities were shut off. The utility companies have not been notified and neighboring homes have not been evacuated.
The home had already been lifted. A resident on the scene told MMM that the cause of the collapse is believed to be wind.
On August 23, a house being lifted onto its temporary cribbing collapsed in the borough. The contractor on the scene of the August
49 Second St, Highlands on July 26. Photo courtesy of Kerry McEntee Gowan via facebook
23rd incident said it was an accident.
There was no contractor on the scene in Highlands tonight. A lawn sign for Jerome Homes House Lifting was on the Second Street property.
Posted: September 13th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Flood Maps, Flooding, Highlands, Hurricane Sandy, News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Highlands, Highlands Home Collapse, Home Lifting, Hurricane Sandy, Jerome Homes House Lifting, Jerome Homes LLC, Superstorm Sandy | 1 Comment »
FREEHOLD, N.J. – The Borough of Sea Girt in Monmouth County received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which has awarded more than $1.6 million to help pay for costs that resulted from Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) said today.
The grant will provide $1,616,817 in Federal funding to Sea Girt to pay for 90 percent of over $1,796,000 in repair costs incurred by Superstorm Sandy.
Reconstruction will take shape in two phases, after the completion of preliminary work of removing about 6,666 cubic yards of sand by municipal workers, and demolition of the damaged boardwalk by Frank Lurch Demolition. Demolition includes the removal of damaged but intact piles, girders, stringers, plastic decking, railings, and light fixtures. Salvageable decking, light fixtures and railings will be turned over to the town to be reused in the first phase of reconstruction. Sea Girt has contracted with Wallace Contracting, Inc. to complete Phase I, which is 833 linear feet of boardwalk, reusing 896 salvaged deck boards, 320 salvaged timber stringers and 900 feet of salvaged railing. Boardwalk steps and one handicap ramp will be installed, construction includes replacing 50 new, timber piles, 38 new double girder timber pile caps, 360 new timber stringers, 1,030 new lengths of composite boardwalk decking, and 980 feet of new pipe handrail.
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Posted: September 11th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Hurricane Sandy, Press Release, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Congressman Chris Smith, FEMA, Press Release, Sea Girt, Superstorm Sandy | 1 Comment »
The RAINE Foundation & ImmediateCare of Hazlet are asking for school supply donations to help the families effected by Hurricane Sandy.
The supplies needed will be for children in kindergarten through high school. Paper, pens, crayons, pencils, folders, and notebooks are a few of the examples of what is needed.
Please drop-off donations at Immediate Care Medical Walk-In of Hazlet in Airport Plaza Shopping Center – 732.264.5500
Posted: August 24th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Education, Human Interest, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Back to School, Immediate Care Walk-in of Hazlet, Raine Foundation | No Comments »
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Roslyn will be part of the crew of volunteers fixing up 13 homes and building two new ones in Union Beach on October 12, according to a story first reported on Holmdel-Hazlet Patch.
“We’re ecstatic the Carters are coming,” said Ray Gabler, the director of operations for Habit for Humanity Monmouth County, based in Long Branch. “This is bringing attention to Sandy victims of low and moderate income all along the Jersey shore. We’re really excited.”
The goal is to repair 13 homes and construct two new ones in the Raritan Bay borough of Union Beach, where 270 homes have been demolished since Sandy. The small town was battered by winds and swamped by surging tidal water in the Oct. 29 storm.
Habitat for Humanity has identified the homes destined for repair, and is finalizing plans with two families for new construction. The new homes are being made possible by funding from the Carter’s organization, and Wells Fargo, said Gabler.
Union Beach Mayor Paul J. Smith has been keeping the news close to his vest for months, he said, and Secret Service officers have already visited. Smith said he is thrilled to welcome Jimmy Carter, 88, and Rosalynn Carter, 86. “I think it’s a big boost,” he said. “We still have some people hurting, but we have had so many beautiful volunteers come forward.”
In addition to Union Beach, Habitat for Humanity is also helping residents of Keansburg, Port Monmouth, Belford, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Sea Bright rebuild their Superstorm Sandy ravaged homes. The organization is accepting applications from both homeowners needing help and volunteers at their website.
Volunteers can contact the Laura Lella-Smith, the Development Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County at email@example.com or call the office at (732) 728-0441.
Posted: August 23rd, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy, Union Beach | Tags: Habitat for Humanity, Jimmy Carter, Mayor Paul Smith, Roslyn Carter, Union Beach | No Comments »