The head of security for the Bayonne Board of Education has been charged with getting nearly $20,000 in fraudulent Superstorm Sandy aid after allegedly claiming his summer home as his full-time residence, the state Attorney General’s Office told HCV.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Timothy Carey, 54, of Lincroft, was charged by complaint summons on Monday with third-degree theft by deception and fourth-degree unsworn falsification, AG’s office spokesman Peter Aseltine said in an email.
Carey allegedly filed fraudulent applications following Superstorm Sandy for state grants under the Homeowner Resettlement Program (RSP) and the Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP).
As a result, he is accused of receiving $19,953 in relief funds to which he was not entitled.
Additionally, Carey allegedly falsely claimed in his applications that a property he owns on David Drive in Manahawkin, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, was his primary residence when Sandy struck in 2012.
However,at the time of the storm, his primary residence was in Lincroft and the property in Manahawkin was a summer/weekend home, authorities said.
As a result of the alleged false applications, Carey received a $10,000 RSP grant and $9,953 in SHRAP funds.
To date, the state AG’s Office has charged over 120 defendants with fraud related to Sandy relief programs.
Carey, a retired Bayonne police detective, is currently on unpaid suspension from the school district pending the outcome of his case, according to sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke under condition of anonymity.
School officials declined to comment on the situation this morning.