MONMOUTH COUNTY – Two men have been charged with scamming eight people with a fake trip, officials said.
John Donadio, 56, of Belmar and Michael Moyer, 56, of New Orleans, Louisiana, is each charged with second-degree Theft after they contracted a trip for eight people to attend the 2019 Masters Tournament that never took place.
According to police, the primary victim had entered into a contract with Eclipse Global Events, a Belmar-based company controlled by Donadio and Moyer. The contract claimed to offer a trip to the annual golf tournament held in Augusta, Georgia and charged the victim over $126,000. This contracted trip was to include lodging, tickets (both practice rounds and tournament rounds), hospitality events, and local transportation for all eight travelers.
The victim stated how after they paid the full amount prior to the event, the company advised them that their payment was “late,” and they would not be receiving the trip or a refund.
A Monmouth County Grand Jury returned the indictment late last month, and Donadio turned himself in on October 1 with Moyer doing the same five days later. If convicted of these charges, Donadio and Moyer face five to 10 years in state prison.
Anyone with additional information about the activities of defendants is being asked to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Michael Acquaviva at 1-800-533-7443.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.