Matawan Contractor Admits Sandy Repair Fraud
A ventilation contractor from Matawan can expect to spend five years in a New Jersey state prison for taking more than $3,200 in deposits for post-Superstorm repairs he never performed.
John Martocci, 59, accepted a guilty plea to two third-degree counts of theft by deception in a Monmouth County courtroom, according to information from the office of acting County Prosecutor Chris Grammiccioni. Another condition of his plea bargain will be full restitution to the victims.
Martocci admitted taking $1,800 in November 2013 as a deposit to mend the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a home in Sea Bright. He also confessed to taking a $1,411 deposit in January of this year to install an air conditioning condenser in a home in Howell.
A task force continues to monitor and respond to Sandy-related fraud reports. If you think you’ve been fleeced, visit the task force webpage to file a complaint or call its hotline, 855-SANDY-39.