Andrew Lucas, center, then the Republican mayor of Manalapan, with then Freeholder John D’Amico and Amy Mallet, both Democrats, in September of 2010, seven months after Lucas purchased Burke Farm.
Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas put up liens on two properties this afternoon to cover the $500,000 bond which was a condition of his release from federal custody. Lucas was arrested Friday on 11 federal charges last week, including wire fraud, identity theft and providing false information to the IRS and FBI. U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert gave Lucas the weekend to come up with $500,000 in assets to secure is release.
The properties are Lucas’s home at 24 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan and 351 Asbury Road in Howell. The Howell property is own by Timothy Murphy, according to APP.com’s Data Universe.
In addition to the $500,000 bail, Lucas is subject to home confinement and electronic monitoring. He surrendered his weapons and firearms ID card. He is prohibited from leaving the state of New Jersey.
A copy of the federal order setting the conditions of Lucas’s release can be viewed here.
Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas arrested, Burke Farm, Farmland Preservation, Lucas Farm, Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert, Manalapan, Timothy Murphy | 1 Comment »
Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal
Just as he did last October when he falsely accused a Republican candidate for Red Bank Council of being a fugitive, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal is lying today in his attempt to make political hay over the arrest of former Manalapan Mayor Andew Lucas.
Lucas was indicted for alleged actions in connection with his purchase of Burke Farm.
The ever deceptive young chairman issued a statement to PoltickerNJ and other outlets that alleges a scandal regarding the sale of the development rights to the farm to the state/county and municipally funded Open Space program. Gopal say blatantly accuses the Republican members of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders of being involved in the scandal. The U.S. Attorney thoroughly investigated the sale of the farm, with the cooperation of Monmouth County officials. No charges have been filed regarding the sale of the development rights. No one other than Lucas has been charged with any wrong doing.
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Posted: February 7th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas arrested, Burke Farm, John Bennett, Lucas Farm, Manalapan, Manalapan Township Committee, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Democrats, Monmouth County Republicans, Monmouth Dems, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | 31 Comments »
Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert in Trenton this afternoon in his initial appearance concerning the 11 count indictment for which he was arrested this morning.
Arpert released Lucas and gave him until Monday to post a $500,000 secured bond. His bail conditions include electronic monitoring, turning over any weapons and his travel is restricted to New Jersey, according to U. S. Attorney’s spokesperson Matthew Reilly.
No plea was entered, which Reilly said is standard for an intial appearance in federal court.
Read the charges against Lucas here.
Posted: February 7th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas arrested, Attorney, Burke Farm, Lucas Farm, Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert, Matthew Reilly, U.S. | 3 Comments »
Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was arrested this morning by federal authorities, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Lucas has been indicted on 11 counts 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.
The charges are for alleged actions in connection with Lucas’s purchase of Burke Farm. No charges were made in connection of the sale of the development rights to the farm to the government’s Open Space Program, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Lucas is being represented by Mario F. Gallucci of Helbock, Nappa and Gulluci, a Staten Island, NY law firm.
The U. S. Attorney’s statement says:
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Posted: February 7th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas arrested, Burke Farm, FBI, FBi Red Bank Office, Lucas Farm, Manalapan, Manalapan Township Commitee, U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman | 25 Comments »