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Man Tries To Pay Off Social Security With Non Existent Funds On A Private Money Order May 3, 2012

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Charles Daniel Koss, tried to re-pay the Social Security Administration $212,768 in disability benefits that Koss defrauded  the Social Security Administration of, with a bogus private money order.  Koss continued to work for a mortgage and real estate company after entering a claim with the Social Security Administration and while receiving benefits.    He is charged with five counts of: theft of government money, Social Security disability fraud, passing an illegal financial instrument or security and mail fraud.

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Unregistered Bayville Contractor Indicted February 20, 2012

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Unregistered Bayville Contractor Indicted on Theft Charges

A Bayville contractor had been charged as illegally posing as a contractor and collecting thousands in payments for repairs that he was not registered to complete. Stephan J. Sente, 50 has been indicted after being arrested based on contracts he had with toms River residents:

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Identity theft involving false tax returns February 20, 2012

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Identity theft involving false tax returns

Tulsa, Oaklahma- Shannon Lashea Porter, 26, is accused of filing false tax returns by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the names of 14 people who did not give their permission for their names to be used. She is alleged to have deposited three refund checks at Tulsa Bank.

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Arrested for charity ticket theft February 20, 2012

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Two arrested for theft of Charity tickets

Reserve Township, Joseph Connor 22, and Jessica Stewart, 21, have been accused of selling stolen raffle tickets from a white Oak based charity. The charity Mamie’s Dream Team is non profit org.

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Music teacher arrested for allegedly selling the school’s instruments July 21, 2010

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Albert J. Crosta, of Toms River, was arrested for allegedly selling clarinets, a violin, French horn and cymbals with a total approximate value of $1,300 between July 7 and July 16 at a local second hand shop.  Crosta, who teaches a class at the high school has been a music teacher at the school for 17 years and is co-director of the Mighty Marching Mariners marching band, the Blue/Gold Wind Symphony and the Stage/Jazz Band at the high school.  Crosta has been asked to appear at the Aug. 17 executive session meeting of the Toms River Regional Board of Education.  I don’t see what he can really say with the charges pending.

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VFW post commander charged with theft March 18, 2010

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The commander of Veterans of Foreign War Post 9503, John Milone, 59, of Manchester, has been charged with theft of money from the charitable gaming machine located in the post on Veterans Boulevard in Bayville, NJ.

The VFW post brought the matter to police after conducting an audit when members noticed deposits going into the bank were not what they should be.  Only two VFW officials, one of them Milone, had primary control of the machine and the money box.  The vending machine dispenses tickets for $1. Players pull a tab off the ticket to see if they have won a prize.  Winners receive cash amounts of $200, $300 and up with the VFW receiving a percentage of the money put into the machine. All of the money generated from the machine goes to charitable causes, ranging from the VFW scholarship fund to helping hospitalized veterans. Audits so far have determined that $40,000 is missing and additional arrests are expected.

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Man charged with theft of $1 million from relative January 5, 2010

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Samuel Franco of Brooklyn has been indicted for failure to make required disposition of property received, misconduct by a corporate official and misapplication of entrusted property in Monmouth County.  The indictment also charged his company, Signature Investment Holdings LLC of Ocean Township, with failure to make required disposition of property received.

He is alleged to have made an agreement with  a relative of his in August 2005 to invest $1 million in the purchase and sale of European bank instruments, such as bonds, certificates of deposit and notes. The agreement guaranteed the client would earn a 20 percent profit by December 2005.

By the end of 2005, the client did not receive his initial investment or the interest and in 2006, Franco made many claims that he would return the initial investment and the profits.  An audit of a bank account associated with the firm showed none of the money went to any of the investment accounts and that Franco used the firm’s account to pay personal expenses such as the remodeling a Florida condominium and monthly payments to Mercedes Benz and American Express.

This is what gets everyone.  Using personal expenses from the company account is generally a bad idea.  Assuming this is all true, what account signed off on all this?  As always, I wonder why this guy got indicted.  Half the time, there is no reason for it. 

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Postal worker gets jail for gift card theft but may never serve a day January 4, 2010

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James Rosciano III, one of two former U.S. Postal Service workers who admitted stealing more than 500 employee incentive gift cards worth a total of $24,675 was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa (my favorite judge by the way) to serve 180 days in the Middlesex County jail and repay his half of the theft.  He was also placed on probation for five years and the jail time is a condition of the probation.  However, the jail time won’t start until July 1, 2014, because Rosciano is a single father responsible for his two sons.

This is an odd sentence so I have to wonder if he was looking at more serious charges that were dismissed as a result of the plea. Regardless, I doubt he will see a day of jail time.  In about 4 years, an attorney can file a motion to just end the probation without the jail.  It shouldn’t be that difficult to do if this guy does the right thing.
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Morristown attorney will likely avoid prison for misuse of client funds August 12, 2009

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Paul Hirsh,  a former Morristown-based attorney (now out of Washington, D.C.)  pleaded guilty today to forgery and misapplying $47,500 in client-settlement funds that were supposed to be deposited in trust accounts.  The State had alleged that he improperly deposited funds from settlements involving three clients into his own personal account to help run his failing  law office.

Hirsh’s biggest problem with this case is that he forged settlement checks involving two clients.   While only a fourth degree crime, the forgery adds a criminal element to the entire case which is otherwise just an attorney ethics issue.  Its one thing to screw up a trust account, its another to forge checks.  You can’t sell your defense theory to the jury with no real defense to the forgery count. 

However, I see no reason to take this plea deal.  Why not take this case to trial?  He can’t do much worse than the probation with 364 anyway even if he was convicted.  He was only facing third and fourth degree crimes.  Although he had a great defense attorney in John Whipple so I will assume that this was well thought out.

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Senior citizen charged with theft from estate July 27, 2009

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J.B. Schmidt, a 69 year old South Plainfield, New Jersey woman has been indicted for misapplication of entrusted property, theft and theft by failure to make the required disposition of property received in connection with her alleged theft from the estate of her cousin.  She was also indicted for  theft and theft by failure to make the required disposition of property received for allegedly accepting four pension checks from the state of New Jersey — totaling $1,800 — and depositing them in the estate. 

Is this a case of an evil mastermind or a confused old lady that did not understand how to have an estate probated?  If there was ever a great case for PTI, this is it.   

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