The judge ordered 67-year-old Mark Niemczyk of Tinton Falls to serve five years probation. The judge also sentenced 42-year-old Thomas Scalgione of Manahawkin to six months in the county jail for violating parole and one year of probation.
Thomas Scalgione of Stafford Township and Mark Niemczyk of Tinton Falls have been indicted on conspiracy and theft by deception charges.
The judge also ordered that the men’s assets be frozen after the state alleged the two failed to register as a charity, collected money and kept it for themselves.
Prosecutors said the scam was masterminded by convicted felon Mark Niemczyk, who falsely claimed he was a Navy SEAL, and another ex-con, Thomas Scalgione.