Sea Bright Man Admits Defrauding FEMA Program

William Nagle was allowed to return to his home but opted for an extended hotel stay on the taxpayers' dime.

William Nagle, 52, of Sea Bright
William Nagle, 52, of Sea Bright
A Sea Bright man admitted defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of over $12,000 in Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) grant money when he spent 68 nights in various hotels in 2013.

William Nagle, 52, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of theft by deception.

Nagle's Center Street apartment building was damaged by flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy. The first floor of the apartment was flooded, the electrical service to the building was interrupted and the heat and hot water units for the building were damaged and needed to be replaced rendering his third floor apartment temporarily uninhabitable, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Nagle was provided with TSA funding for short-term lodging due to the disaster-related damage.

Despite being given a certificate of occupancy to return to his residence after the work was completed, Nagle admitted he extended his stay in the hotels using the FEMA money.

As part of his plea agreement with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, the state will recommend a probationary sentence conditioned upon 68 days in jail, and restitution of $12,114.25. Nagle is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17.
commonman February 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM
ann marie houlis February 24, 2014 at 01:55 PM
lock his ass up!!!! but on another note, who is watching the insurance companies or the banks for that matter, with thousands still out of their homes because of shady practices by the insurance, my family is still out of our house,we receintly got some money..(way to little way to late) and now my mortgage company and the bank that has our equity line are fighting over who gets control of the money, and i still have the checks and cannot deposit them......


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