New Jersey contactor sentenced for pocketing $600M in Hurricane Sandy scam

A New Jersey contractor who stole practically $600,000 intended to repair homes broken by Hurricane Sandy will spend 5 years in jail, prosecutors mentioned Friday.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office introduced that Adam Nevius, 49, is headed to New Jersey State Prison after admitting to pocketing cash from not less than 17 householders for repairs his firm, Coastal Restorations of New Jersey, uncared for to make between Sept. 1, 2014 and June 16, 2017.

The Manahawkin man was arrested on March 14 in Indiana after blowing off an preliminary August 2023 sentencing date.

Nevius’ 55-year-old spouse, Kimberly Atkinson, was additionally implicated in the scam that despatched Nevius away, however fees in opposition to her have been dropped on account of her husband’s plea deal. She’s a co-owner in the corporate operated by the pair.

Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast when it struck in 2012, killing 38 folks in New Jersey and inflicting $30 billion in harm, in accordance with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The storm is blamed for 43 deaths and $19 billion in harm in New York.

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