A former employee of Brick Township, New Jersey recently received a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree theft by deception. The charges arose in connection with an insurance fraud scam through which the defendant stole over $940,000.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced the sentencing of 52-year-old Brick resident Kim E. Bogan, the daughter of former Brick Mayor Joseph C. Scarpelli. Joseph was incarcerated ten years ago for accepting bribes while operating in an official capacity. His daughter pleaded guilty in late October to a second degree felony for theft by deception.
An investigation of Kim revealed that she stole $941,354.77 from Brick Township between January 2011 and April 2017 by submitting false claims to her employee health insurance program. The claims were used to help her brother Glenn Scarpelli’s chiropractic practice in New York City. Glenn and his wife subsequently committed suicide.
Kim ultimately admitted to submitting fraudulent insurance claims for services never rendered. She then signed the checks knowing the money sent to her was stolen. Over the course of several years, Kim received money in excess of $940,000 from Brick Township and its taxpayers. Per the terms of her plea agreement, she was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison and restitution payments amounting to $941,354.77.
In exchange for her guilty plea, Kim was given the minimum prison sentence associated with a second degree crime in New Jersey. A typical charge for a second degree crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In cases involving theft by deception, the court often also requires restitution to compensate the victim(s).
In New Jersey, a person can be convicted of theft by deception for creating, reinforcing, or failing to correct a false impression for financial gain. This violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4 is often accompanied by charges for fraud or forgery. In this case, insurance fraud was the companion charge because the defendant was accused of making false claims for payment, reimbursement, or other benefit pursuant to an insurance policy.
Brick NJ Theft by Deception Lawyers
If you have been arrested for theft by deception or other theft or fraud charges, the penalties you face are severe. In order to defend your innocence and avoid the serious consequences of a conviction, it is essential to speak with a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Proetta & Oliver is a talented team of Ocean County criminal defense attorneys who serve clients in Brick Township and surrounding areas. We understand the feelings of angst when you are charged with a theft crime and we are here for you. Contact us today at (848) 238-2100 for a free consultation or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our local office. We are available anytime to assist you.
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