ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- An Englewood man scammed taxpayers out of $55,902 by falsely claiming that a Seaside Heights summer home damaged by Superstorm Sandy was his primary residence.
Patrick Dori, 58, collected $31,900 in FEMA relief funds, the maximum allowed to an individual, along with a $10,000 Homeowner Resettlement Program grant and a $14,002 from a grant from the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation program.
State authorities charged Dori with theft by deception and unsworn falsification.
He was one of eight people named in the latest round of arrest by Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman office of defendants charged with filing bogus Sandy relief applications. Since March 2014, state authorities have charged 45 altogether with such alleged fraud.
All have "callously stolen Sandy relief funds, diverting aid from deserving recipients and forcing administrators to police this fraud instead of working exclusively to assist those hardest hit by the storm,” he said.
Hoffman said his office was "continuing its aggressive efforts to investigate fraud in Sandy relief programs, working jointly with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Offices of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)."
0The new cases were investigated by detectives of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and special agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, HUD Office of Inspector General and SBA Office of Inspector General.
Deputy Attorneys General Mary E. McAnally, John Nicodemo, Valerie A. Noto and William N. Conlow are prosecuting the new defendants.
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