A local man was sentenced for defrauding owners of timeshare properties. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Eric Reilly, 34, of Galloway, faces three years in jail and will be ordered to pay back more than $3 million in restitution. Reilly previously plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Casino employees who are going to be out of work could get some help in the near future. Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson is pledging the assistance of county government for residents who are facing the threat of unemployment due to the projected closings of Revel, Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos. The Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has been asked to work with Showboat Atlantic City and the state’s Rapid Response team to inform Showboat employees about programs available to them as dislocated workers, including unemployment compensation benefits and their rights with respect to wages, severance and benefits related to termination. The WIB is expected to be in contact with Revel and Trump Plaza in the near future as well.
A new report says its a blowout when looking at fundraising for the U.S. Senate race. U.S. Senator Cory Booker has a $3.5 million edge over Republican challenger Jeff Bell, according to the Asbury Park Press. For the last quarter, Bell only raised $72,000 and loaned himself $35,000 according to the story. Booker is widely considered likely to win reelection.
The Coast Guard and local responders are searching Monday for a 45-year-old man who was reported missing Sunday after a boating accident near Longport, New Jersey. Missing is Andrew Bittle. Personnel from Longport Police contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday and reported a boater swam to shore after being in a boating accident aboard a pontoon boat. The boater stated the pontoon’s operator was missing.
The former highway safety director for Atlantic County has passed away at the age of 71. Michael Schurman died over the weekend after battling Alzeimer’s Disease for four years. Schurman was better known in our area for being a weekend news anchor on NBC40. He also served as past president of the Press Club of Atlantic City.
The former fire chief in Cape May is considering a run for City Council. The Cape May Gazette reports that Jerry Inderweis Jr. is considering a run for Council when three seats come up for a vote in November. Inderweis Jr. told the Gazette that he’s picked up a petition and is thinking about running for Council. The deadline to file a petition is Septmeber 2nd.
A loan officer who worked at Wells Fargo will be spending two years in prison for participating in a $40 million mortgage fraud scheme based in the Wildwoods. 48 year old Robert Serao of Bayville was handed the prison term before the weekend. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Wells Fargo released nearly $5 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Investigators will be a the scene of a house fire that killed two people last week in Atlantic City. Fire investigators will be coming through a home on North Providence Avenue that went up in flames on Friday and killed the wife of the landlord, and a tenant . About five dozen firefighters helped battle the stubborn fire.
Atlantic City Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in the resort on Saturday night. Two people were wounded when gunfire rang out on North New York avenue around 6pm. Police say one man was shot in the face, while another was shot in the leg. Police have not released the identities of the victims, nor do they have a suspect in custody.
The search for a missing swimmer in central New Jersey ended over the weekend when a fisherman found a body at the Island Beach State Park. Authorities say a 25 year old man from France went missing while swimming in the ocean that was not protected by lifeguards; the victim had never swum in the ocean before. The body was found Saturday morning about a quarter mile from where the man entered the ocean.