A Toms River investment adviser and his father face decades in prison if convicted of stealing nearly $200-thousand dollars from an elderly widow. 54-year-old Andrew M. Lesnak and his 84-year-old dad Andrew G. Lesnak from Hampton Bays New York, were indicted on multiple theft, conspiracy and financial facilitation counts, according to the Acting Attorney General John Hoffman and the office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

According to the A.G.'s press release, the younger Lesnak convinced the widow to surrender a $175,000 annuity product and applied it toward two cashier's checks made out to Chase Bank, one for $168,152.66 and another for $6,847.34.

The state alleges that the younger Lesnak, without the widow's knowledge or consent, used the larger check to pay off a home equity line of credit held against the elder Lesnak's home in Pine Brook. The smaller check was allegedly deposited into the elder Lesnak's checking account. Later, an identical amount was withdrawn from that account in cash and on the same day, the money was deposited into the younger Lesnak's business account.

Hoffman said the theft was discovered by the widow's new attorney, hired when she entered an assisted living facility in 2012 and became suspicious after the younger Lesnak failed to return her calls.

Both father and son were charged today by the State Grand Jury with second-degree Conspiracy, second degree Theft by Unlawful Taking, second degree Theft by Deception and three counts of second-degree Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity.

The five second-degree counts could get them up to 50 years in prison each if convicted.

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