Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas has been convicted of all the charges against him by a federal jury in Trenton, according to a report in The Asbury Park Press.
The jury deliberated for three hours after a two week trial before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson.
Lucas, 37, is scheduled to be sentenced to federal prison on January 20, 2015. He remains released on $500,000 bail, subject to home confinement and electronic monitoring, according to Matthew Reilly, Deputy Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Lucas could face over 60 years in prison for his wire fraud, making an illegal monetary transaction, loan application fraud, making false statements to the Internal Revenue Service, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation convictions.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Burke Farm, Farmland Preservation, Lucas Farm Deal, Manalapan, Monmouth County, New Jersey | 18 Comments »
The documentary film Shored Up, which examines the collision between coastal development and severe weather in New Jersey and North Carolina, will be shown Sept. 20 at a special screening in Rumson.
The planning advocacy group New Jersey Future, which is working with Sea Bright and Highlands on long-term recovery planning after Hurricane Sandy, is sponsoring the screening with Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long.
At the conclusion of the film, there will be a panel discussion and question-and-answer session featuring the film’s director and several local coastal and environmental scientists.
Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas is not disputing the facts that the federal government is presenting against him before a jury in Trenton.
Rather, Lucas is claiming the he made mistakes and lacked the training and expertise to accurately prepare the documents he submitted to obtain his financing for the purchase of the 97 acre Burke Farm in Manalapan, according to the Asbury Park Press’s coverage of his trial.
Lucas is defending against 11 felony charges including wire fraud, loan application fraud, illegal monetary transaction, false statements to the IRS, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation.
If convicted on all 11 counts against him, Lucas, 37, could be sentenced to more than 60 years in federal prison.
Closing arguments are expected to be made today.Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Crime, Crime and Punishment, New Jersey, News | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas trial, Burke Farm, Farmland Preservation, Lucas Farm Deal, Manalapan, New Jersey, Open space | 6 Comments »
Governor Chris Christie’s office responded to a constituent who had written in support of Shaneen Allen with a phone call stating that the separation of powers prevents the Governor from intervening in the Atlantic County prosecution.
Allen is a 27 year old single mother who is facing a possible 10 years in State Prison for bringing her Pennsylvania licensed handgun into New Jersey. She is being prosecuted by Atlantic County Prosecutor James McClain, a Christie appointee. McClain refused to allow Allen to enter the same Pre-Trial Intervention Program for first offenders that former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice was admitted to after he knocked out his then fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator last February.
Last week, McClain requested a three week adjournment in the case. This was seen as a sign by Allen’s supporters that McClain is reconsidering his decision to prosecute due to the public outcry since the video of Rice beating his fiancee became public.
In the call from Christie’s office this afternoon to James Hogan of Howell Township, a young sounding man left a message stating that he was calling from the Governor’s office. Hogan forwarded the message to MMM:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Chris Christie, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News, NJ Constitution, Shaneen Allen | Tags: Atlantic County Prosecutor, Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, James Hogan, James McClain, Michael Drewniak, Pre-Trial Intervention, Ray Rice, Second Amendment, Shaneen Allen | 12 Comments »
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Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas took the stand in his federal trial on fraud charges yesterday, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press.
Lucas acknowledged that he had made “egregious errors” in his loan application for financing to purchase Burke Farm, a 97 acre parcel of which he later sold the development rights to the New Jersey Farmland Preservation Program for $1.16 million. The funding for the farmland preservation deal came from the taxpayers of Manalapan, Monmouth County and the State of New Jersey.
During his full day of testimony, Lucas explained that he made his errors in haste to get the loan funded before the lender, Central Jersey Bank, was acquired by Kearny Federal Saving Bank, not part of a complicated criminal scheme to defraud the lender who did not lose any money on the transaction.
Lucas explained that the discrepancies in his income tax returns for 2007 and 2008 he submitted to the bank were the result of adjustments made to the returns after an IRS audit which was completed two days after he was approved for the loan and to glitches in his tax preparation software. He said he did not disclose the changes in his tax returns to the bank, as required, because he “did not read the fine print.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas trial, Burke Farm, Lucas Farm Deal, Lucas land deal, New Jersey | No Comments »