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Waretown, Belmar men among newest Sandy fraud defendants

Residents of Waretown and Belmar are among five new arrestees in a continuing probe of Superstorm relief fraud by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Eric A. Seaberg, 51, of Ocean Township; Ryan K. Spill, 28, of Belmar; James Fomuke, 58, of Elizabeth; Armand Arduino, 69, of Key Largo, Florida; and Dominic M. Moccia, 66, of Mahopac, New York, bring the number of people accused of getting federal funds under fale pretenses to 86.

Four face charges of third-degree theft by deception and fourth-degree unsworn falsification, filed by the office of New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. Seaberg is charged with second-degrere theft by deception and fourth-degree unsworn falsification.

The second-degree charge carries a possible prison term of five to10 years on convicton. Findings of guilt for third-degree counts entail a possible three-to-five-year sentence. Fourth-degree charges area punishable by up to 18 months in prison. Potential fines range from $10,000 for a fourth-degree conviction, up to $15,000 for third-degree charges, and up to $150,000 for the second-degree charge.

Seaberg allegedly collected $135,471 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the New Jersey Homeowner Resettlement Program (RSP) and the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program for a house on Randall Avenue in Point Pleasant that he claimed as his primary residence. Investigators saide that it’s a rental property.

Spill is accused of obtaining $12,270 in FEMA and RSP funds by claiming a primary home in Little Egg Harbor. Detectives assert that the he rented the South Boston Drive dwelling, and lived in Freehold when Sandy hit.

Fomuke is charged with collecting $41,900 in FEMA and RSP grant money for a house on South Burgee Drive in Little Egg Harbor. Investigators concluded that it’s a secondary home that was largely unoccupied for as much as two years prior to the Superstorm.

Arduino is accused claiming to own a house on Ventnor Avenue in Ventnor City, and of pulling in $37,372 in FEMA and RSP funds related to Superstorm Damage. Investigators contend that the house belongs to Arduino’s brother.

Moccia allegedly claimed $33,389 in FEMA and RSP grants for a Webster Avenue house in Seaside Heights. Detectives said that it’s a secondary and vacation home.

Seaberg is represented by attorney Michael Schaller of the King, Kitrick, Jackson & McWeeney law firm in Brick Township. Formuke’s lawyer is Anthony Palumbo, Palumbo & Renaud, Cranford. Arduino is represented by attorney Bob Joseph, McCullough & Joseph, Mount Laurel. At the time of this brief, representation for Moccia and Spill had not been determined.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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