New Jersey Accuses 4 of Sandy Aid Fraud

November 11, 2014

State prosecutors in New Jersey have charged four people with filing fraudulent applications for federal Superstorm Sandy relief funds.

They’re among 20 people accused since March of bilking the system.

Authorities say 65-year-old Nabil Girgis received nearly $42,000 by claiming a storm-damaged house in Seaside House was his primary residence. But prosecutors say it actually was a two-unit rental property and Girgis lived in Toms River.

Thirty-four-year-old Nicole Fiel received more than $28,000 for a home in Brick Township while prosecutors say she lived in Brooklyn, New York.

Authorities also accused 41-year-old Robert Bland of Highlands and 56-year-old Michael Vetter of Bayonne of bilking FEMA of rental assistance.

If convicted of theft by deception, the suspects would face up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines.

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