Lacey, NJ, man admits stealing $217,000 from woman he was dating
LACEY — A township resident pleaded guilty to theft Wednesday in Ocean County Superior Court and, as part of the settlement, is to pay $217,300 in restitution to a female victim.
The county attorney’s office said in a statement that Ross Miserendino, 56, was romantically involved with the woman beginning in 2019, when she began having medical issues that “rendered her temporarily unable to manage his finances.
During that year and the next, according to prosecutors, Miserendino gained access to the victim’s bank account and checks in an attempt to help him pay his bills, but ended up writing 146 checks in his name without its authorization, for a total amount of $171,000. .
While some checks were made payable to Miserendino himself, the prosecutor’s office said most were made payable to Enrique Roldan, 43, of Jackson.
Miserendino also allegedly obtained and debited $34,000 from an American Express credit card in the victim’s name, again without his authorization, and stole $11,000 worth of personal property from his home in Lacey Township, the statement said.
Roldan is charged with sharing the proceeds and has also been charged with theft, and the case against him is still pending.
Miserendino’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 4, and the state will recommend a five-year prison sentence.
Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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