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Couple arrested on theft charges

Two people from Little Egg Harbor were recently arrested for allegedly stealing from locals who hired their home improvement company to repair their homes after the Superstorm Sandy disaster.

According to reports, the two people, a 41-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, were arrested by Detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice for their alleged involvement in stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Charges include a variety of second degree offenses, such as money laundering, theft, and misconduct by a corporate official. This goes along with two third degree offenses: tax fraud and failure to pay taxes.

With these charges, both were sent to jail and remain with bail set at $300,000.

Despite the fact that the victims paid the couple in excess of $1 million, generally from relief funds, they took a large portion of the money to buy luxury goods and gamble.

In addition to personal charges, authorities have filed additional charges against their home improvement companies, including Colmyer & Sons Construction, LLC and Rayne Construction Management Services, LLC.

The criminal charges in this case came about after an investigation completed by the New Jersey Division of Taxation Office of Criminal Investigation, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, and the Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Computer Crimes Bureau.

When a person is charged with so many crimes, it's important that he or she understands what happened as well as the potential consequences. Furthermore, the individual should also learn more about the defense strategy that can be implemented to help avoid the most serious punishment.

Source: The SandPaper, "Little Egg Harbor Couple Arrested on Sandy Fraud Charges," Oct. 19, 2016

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