OCEAN COUNTY – Convictions about Superstorm Sandy fraud continue to be made.
The State Attorney General’s Office today announced the conviction of an Ocean County couple who pled guilty to stealing more than $1.4 million from 20+ victims who hired them to fix home damage from the hurricane.
The victims paid the couple and their firms to repair or rebuild their homes, primarily using Sandy relief funds, but the couple allegedly diverted much of the money to gamble and buy luxury items, leaving homes in disrepair,” the state attorney general’s office said in a May 29 press release.
This Little Egg Harbor couple—Jeffrey Colmyer, 42, and Tiffany Cimino, 34—pleaded guilty to theft by failure to make required disposition of property received in Superior Court today. Colmyer also pled guilty to second degree money laundering.
The couple took a plea deal, which will see Colmyer serving 7 years in state prison and Cimino sentenced to probation. The couple must also pay back $695,402 to the victims and $655,243 to the state, as well an additional $104,000 in other restitution. In addition, Colmyer must pay $56,472 in back taxes.
The couple owned Rayne Construction Management Services LLC, and Colmyer & Sons LLC.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 7.