Sandy repair fraud suspect indicted in 2015, arrested Thursday
A Somerdale man, contracted to conduct Superstorm Sandy repairs on a Bayville house and indicted in early 2015 for allegedly taking the money and leaving the work undone, is arrested by Ocean County authorities.
Francis E. Scullion faces a third-degree theft charge, according to County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato's office. The indictment was reached February 5, 2015. He was apprehended Thursday.
Convictions on third-degree charges customarily involve sentences of three to five years, plus possible fines up to $15,000.
The indictment alleges that Scullion accepted payment between June and July 2012, and used it for his daily living expenses. Prosecutor's spokesman Al Della Fave explained that Scullion was one of three individuals tapped by the owner for routine repairs before the Superstorm arrived in October of that year. Afterward, the home owner agreed to extend Scullion's contract to include storm repairs.
Ocean County Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Martin Anton conducts the County's case, based on investigations led by Detective James Conroy. The Prosecuctor's office did not specify whether Scullion retained legal counsel.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.