FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man accused of swindling more than $12,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Superstorm Sandy has been indicted on a theft by deception charge.
Monmouth County prosecutors say 51-year-old William Nagle of Sea Bright used the money to pay for 68 nights of lodging even though he could have lived in his third-floor apartment.
Nagle’s unit was temporarily uninhabitable after Sandy caused flooding and interrupted utilities to the building. But tenants were allowed back on Dec. 29, 2012. Authorities say Nagle stayed at various hotels between Jan. 14 and March 23.
The indictment was handed up Monday by a county grand jury. If convicted, Nagle faces up to five years in prison.
A phone number for Nagle could not be located Monday afternoon.
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