Marlboro Woman Admits Scamming $2.8 million from Veterans Administration

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Elizabeth Honig, 52, of the Morganville section of Marlboro Township, pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing $2.8 million from a Veterans Administration program designed to help veterans find employment, according to a statement by Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

Honig enrolled 182 veterans to receive federal funding to attend Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VARP) courses at Computer Insight Learning Center, an Eatontown company that she owns. The vast majority of the veterans were either not eligible for the training or did not attend at all.  She collected $750 per month fees from the vets, and collected approximately $1.3 million from them of the $2,831,455 that the federal government distributed for tuition. She allowed the vets to keep the rest of the money paid to them by the VA.

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Posted: June 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Brian Unger, Former Long Branch Councilman, Collected His Dead Wife’s Social Security Benefits

brian-ungerBrian Unger, a former Long Branch Councilman who during his colorful career in Monmouth County politics ran for Mayor of Long Branch, Freeholder and State Senate, admitted in U.S. District Court that he collected over $82,000 of Social Security benefits paid to his wife for four years after she died.

Unger was released on an unsecured bond of $50,000 after pleading guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton.  He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on January 18, 2017.

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Posted: October 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Brian Unger, Former Long Branch Councilman, Collected His Dead Wife’s Social Security Benefits

Christie: Prosecutor, not governor, ‘best job I ever had’

assetContent (3)NEWTON, Iowa — Despite being reelected in a landslide, Gov. Chris Christie told a lunchtime crowd at an Iowa town hall Wednesday that serving as a U.S. Attorney was actually “the best job I’ve ever had.” With 102 days and 6 hours left before the crucial GOP Iowa Caucus, Christie also told those assembled to focus… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Christie: Prosecutor, not governor, ‘best job I ever had’

PA chairman’s United flights add to the twists and turns of a wide-ranging investigation

assetContent (8)TRENTON — In a story that has been told only by the slow-drip disclosure of subpoenas, the ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed the Christie administration and some of his closest advisers continues to grow. In the latest revelations, United Airlines confirmed today that it has been asked to turn over… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Crime, Crime and Punishment, David Samson, New Jersey, Paul Fishman, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on PA chairman’s United flights add to the twists and turns of a wide-ranging investigation

U.S. Attorney issues new subpoenas in Christie investigation

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MMM photo by Art Gallagher

Federal prosecutors have widened their investigation into the relationship between Governor Chris Christie’s office and his 2013 reelection campaign, according to a report at The Wall Street Journal.

WSJ reports that U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office has subpoenaed documents related to government meetings that Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop claims were canceled after he declined to endorse Christie’s reelection.

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Posted: January 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Paul Fishman, Port Authority, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Andrew Lucas Arrested

andrew lucasFormer 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: | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments »

U.S. Attorney’s Office Subpoenas Christie’s Reelection Campaign and State GOP

PolitickerNJ is reporting that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has issued subpoenas for documents to the Christie for Governor reelection campaign and the New Jersey State Republican Committee.

“Patton Boggs has been retained to represent the Christie for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee in connection with investigations being conducted by the US Attorney’s Office and the legislative committee,” said Patton Boggs attorney, Mark Sheridan.

“We can confirm that the Christie  for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee received subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Attorney’s office, in addition to the subpoena the campaign previously received from the state legislative committee.  All three subpoenas focus on the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge.  The campaign and the state party intend to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s office and the state legislative committee and will respond to the subpoenas accordingly.”

 

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Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Port Authority, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on U.S. Attorney’s Office Subpoenas Christie’s Reelection Campaign and State GOP