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NJ man admits swindling housing aid from FEMA



FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man has admitted swindling more than $12,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Superstorm Sandy.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 51-year-old William Nagle of Sea Bright pleaded guilty to theft by deception. They will recommend he receive probation and a 68-day jail term when he’s sentenced April 17.

Prosecutors say Nagle 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 last year between Jan. 14 and March 23.