NJ Contractors Accused Of Stealing From Sandy Victims

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey couple and their home improvement companies face charges after they allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 20 victims who hired them to repair or rebuild homes after Superstorm Sandy.

Jeffrey Colmyer and Tiffany Cimino, of Little Egg Harbor, were arrested Tuesday on numerous charges, including theft, money laundering and tax fraud. Charges also were filed against their companies, Rayne Construction Management Services and Colmyer & Sons Construction.

The Attorney General’s office said the victims paid the couple and their firms more than $1 million, mostly in Sandy relief funds. But authorities said the couple used much of the money to gamble and buy luxury items.

Bail for each suspect was set at $300,000.

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