Contractor Sentenced For Defrauding Superstorm Sandy Victims

Jamie Lawson (Photo courtesy Ocean County Authorities)

TOMS RIVER – A crooked Sandy contractor was finally sentenced Friday after months of delays.

Ocean County Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels sentenced Jamie Lawson, 43, of Brick, to 10 years in state prison for stealing nearly $2 million from 41 Superstorm Sandy victims.

With credit for 400 days already served in the county jail, he’ll be eligible for parole in less than 2-1/2 years.

Sentencing was postponed numerous times after Lawson pleaded guilty to money laundering and theft. He then was going to withdraw that guilty plea, but ultimately decided against that. reported that Lawson offered $300,000 for restitution, far shy of the nearly $2 million he stole, but the state rejected it, not knowing whose money it actually was. Lawson was found guilty on 17 occasions, with records not only in New Jersey but as far away as Texas and Missouri.