Monmouth County general contractor charged with professional misconduct

Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck (pictured) and the Insurance Fraud Attorney’s Office today announced that a Monmouth County general contractor has been charged with professional misconduct and theft for allegedly embezzled over $ 139,000 in payments he received to build retail space at airports in Dallas and Austin, Texas.

Theodore M. Vitale, 63, of Brielle, owner of Petore Associates, Inc., (d / b / a Petore Construction) in Wall, has been charged with second degree charges of misconduct by a business executive and theft by default of the alienation of goods received and theft in the third degree by deception in connection with the construction projects of the airport. The indictment was handed down by a state grand jury on August 18, 2021.

In July and August 2016, Atlanta retailer Paradies Lagardère, which operates stores, bars and restaurants at airports in North America, hired Petore Construction as a general contractor on various retail space construction projects. retail at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. and Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport.

As a general contractor, Petore Construction was authorized to contract with various subcontractors to carry out the work, remunerating them from the sums that the general contractor received from Paradies Lagardère.

Over the course of several months, Vitale, as the owner and sole operator of Petore Construction, reportedly received $ 139,735 from Paradies Lagardère to pay a subcontractor for construction and electrical services on a 7-11 at the international airport. de Dallas / Fort Worth and a second bar. + Kitchen at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, but never paid the subcontractor what was owed to him for his work on these two airport projects.

Vitale also allegedly invoiced and received $ 3,500 from Paradies Lagardère as a premium for a payment guarantee and a performance guarantee, which he did not obtain.

The charges are only charges and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Second degree crimes carry a sentence of five to ten years in state prison and a fine of up to $ 150,000. Third degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $ 15,000.

Deputy Attorney General Leslie-Ann M. Justus presented the case to the State Grand Jury for the Insurance Fraud Attorney’s Office under the supervision of Private Insurance Bureau Chief DAG Cheryl Maccaroni and Deputy Chief DAG Crystal Callahan. Investigative analyst Marwa Kashef coordinated the investigation with Detective Justin Callahan.

Insurance fraud attorney Tracy M. Thompson noted that many cases started with anonymous advice. Those concerned about insurance fraud and with information about fraud can report it anonymously by calling the free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or by visiting the website at State regulations allow a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information leading to an arrest, prosecution and conviction for insurance fraud.

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