FREEHOLD – A Middletown man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison after admitting he deceived and impersonated at least 18 clients. As a part of the scheme, the defendant obtained numerous credit cards in his victims’ names, engaged in fraudulent loan attempts using the victims’ identities, and forged documents, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Christopher D. Biello, 43, of Coe Place in Middletown, was sentenced today to 14 years in a New Jersey state prison with a 5-year period of parole ineligibility by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley. Biello was also ordered to pay a total of $409,331.04 in restitution for the crimes committed against his victims.
In June, Biello pleaded guilty before Judge Oxley to one count of second degree Theft by Deception, seven counts of third degree Theft by Deception, three counts of third degree Impersonation, four counts of third degree Bad Checks, two counts of third degree Theft, one count of fourth degree Forgery, one count of third degree Theft of Services, and one count of third degree Fraudulent Use of Credit Card.
Biello, who also used the alias Christopher Sherman, was arrested and charged following a year-long investigation that revealed he offered to assist with the refinancing of homes, obtained numerous credit cards in victims’ names, engaged in fraudulent loan attempts using the victims’ identities, and forged documents. In total, Biello admitted he bilked at least 18 victims with his schemes.
The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor William Somers.
Biello was represented by Alton D. Kenney, Esq., of Toms River.
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