Two Lakewood Men Arrested For Alleged Bank Fraud
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Two men from Lakewood, New Jersey were arrested yesterday afternoon for allegedly forging a FEMA grant letter which they used to try to defraud a local bank, the Asbury Park Press reported.
David Faria and Chaim Gottlieb – both 42-years-old – allegedly used the forged letter to fraudulently obtain a loan of more than $75,000 from OceanFirst Bank. Each was reportedly charged with with theft by deception, theft and falsifying records.
OceanFirst Bank contacted prosecutors in August after the pair used the forged letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that claimed the pair had been awarded a $150,000 FEMA grant. Faria and Gottlieb wanted to use the letter to persuade OceanFirst to approve the to buy two vehicles for the pair’s Lakewood business, Ocean County Search & Rescue Company.
The two men were reportedly arrested yesterday at their homes after FEMA reportedly confirmed the letter was fraudulent.
Bail for each man was set at $25,000 cash with no 10% bond option.
Gottlieb is now reportedly free on bail. Faria was still in Ocean County Jail as of late morning Thursday.
NJ.com reported that a listed number for Ocean County Search and Rescue Company is disconnected.