Police: 71-year-old Bayonne man stole nearly $161k from city non-profit

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An elderly Bayonne man was charged with theft and forgery after a six-month investigation by city police revealed that he stole nearly $161,000 from a local non-profit organization, authorities said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Bernard Golomb, 71, of Bayonne, was charged with theft and forgery yesterday after police discovered he used $160,949.36 in unauthorized debit card withdrawls or checks with a forged signature from the Bayonne Town Center’s bank account, according to Police Capt. Janine Foy.

Golomb was named president of the BTC, a non-profit organization tasked with using taxpayer dollars to to reinvent the businesses between 17th and 30th Streets on Broadway, and was added to the group’s bank account in June 2012, officials said.

As BTC president, Golomb was authorized to issue checks from their bank account, but they still required a co-signer’s signature, authorities said.

In December 2015, a complaint was made to the Bayonne Police Department claiming that money was missing from the Bayonne Town Center’s bank account, police said.

Golomb, who owns Aaron’s Gold, located at 520 Broadway, used 10 of the forged checks to purchase gold and several debit card withdrawls were traced back to locations in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, officials said.

A female employee at Aaron’s Gold said Golomb was not in before quickly hanging up the phone just moments ago.