SEASIDE HEIGHTS – A Seaside Heights man has been arrested in connection with Superstorm Sandy fraud.
Robert William Brower, 45, was charged in two separate cases, with money laundering, theft by failure to make required disposition, and theft by deception, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
The charges come after an 18-month investigation by multiple county, state and federal agencies.
Officials allege Brower acted as a home contractor who defrauded a Toms River victim of more than $1 million to renovate a Sandy-damaged home.
During that initial investigation, officials learned over a second separate incident where Brower allegedly received more than $200,000 in public disaster relief he applied for, and deposited into bank accounts rather than rehabilitating property as required. Officials allege he used fraudulent information to open those accounts to avoid detection.
He’s being lodged at Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.