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 | 11 Comments »
There will be a parade of horses in Freehold on Saturday as the 3rd annual Open Space Pace and Festival of Horses kicks off at 10am.
The free, all day event starts with a parade past the Hall of Records and continuing to Freehold Raceway. At the racetrack, there will be educational exhibits, amateur horse races, under-saddle races, and many more fun events for all ages. The standard race card will begin at 12:30pm. Between races, we will have live music and family-friendly entertainment. After the races there will be a concert and fireworks.
The Open Space Pace seeks to highlight the relationship between the horse and open space in New Jersey. The Open Space Pace is a non-profit corporation seeking 501 (c)(3) status, formed to create an annual event at Freehold Raceway to celebrate the New Jersey State Animal, the Horse, and all of the people that work with this great animal. This event will raise necessary funds for nonprofits that work with horses and other non-profit organizations involved in the promotion of open space.Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Community Announcements, Horse Racing Industry, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: Equine Industry, Freehold, Horse Racing Industry, Open Space Pace, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend | 1 Comment »
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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 »
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Dwayne Horner of Little Elm Texas was arraigned in Monmouth County Superior Court on Identity Theft Charges stemming from a 4am robo call purported to be made on behalf of State Senator Joe Kyrillos, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin in the early morning of the primary election in the 13th legislative district on June 4, 2013.
Horner was the campaign manager for Leigh-Anne Bellew, Kyrillos’s challenger in the Republican primary.
Horner, 45, was indicted on the fourth degree charge on August 11. He plead Not Guilty before Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner. Horner was released on his own recognizance.
The indictment charges that Horner impersonated another person or organization for the purpose of obtaining a benefit for himself or another or for the purpose of injuring or defrauding another.
If convicted, Horner faces 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. He is represented by Robert Bonney of Lomurro-Davidson.Posted: September 15th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Prosecutor, News | Tags: 4 am robocall, 4am robocall, Amy Handlin, Declan O'Scanlon, Dwayne Horner, Joe Kyrillos, LD 13, Leigh-Ann Bellew, Little Elm Texas, New Jersey, Wake up call | 1 Comment »
Republican Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, Mary Pat Angelini, Amy Handlin, Alison McHose, Holly Schepisi, DiAnne Gove, BettyLou DeCroce, Donna Simon and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg today called for the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over his handling on domestic violence issues on the part of NFL players.
The legislators jointly issued the following statement:
When someone sucker punches an innocent woman or takes a switch to his son, something is terribly wrong. The league either delays disciplinary action or issues a slap on the wrist of the offender. The victims are vulnerable to the power of these men. Commissioner Goodell is unsuccessfully trying to appease the fans and advertisers that the league takes these actions seriously. If he were truly serious, he would apologize and submit his resignation over his failure to take immediate steps to prevent these kinds of assaults. The NFL should send a message to society that it will not tolerate these actions, and implement a no-tolerance policy with severe repercussions.
Posted: September 15th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Alison McHose, Amy Handlin, BettyLou DeCroce, Caroline Casagrande, DiAnne Gove, Domestic Violence, Donna Simon, Holly Schepisi, Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, Mary Pat Angelini, Nancy F. Muñoz, New Jersey, NFL, NFL Commissioner, Republican Assemblywomen, Roger Goodell | 2 Comments »