Somers Point contractor charged with Sandy fraud in Ocean County
A South Jersey builder, accused of conning Sandy survivors in Tuckerton out of nearly $200,000, risks five to 10 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge in a three-count indictment in Ocean County.
Ralph Triboletti III, 50, owner of Trimor Construction, is accused of collecting payments from two home owners and leaving the work undone, according to the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.
The builder met the terms of $20,000 bail and was released to await court proceedings, but investigators seek other prospective or actual Trimor clients as the probe continues.
The charges fall within a time frame of January 2 thorugh March 9, 2016.
Authorities claim that an elderly home owner paid $173,000 toward new home construction, for building materials that were not delivered and work not done. Another home owner allegedly paid about $21,000 for an uncompleted home elevation.
Triboletti is charged with second- and third-degree theft by failure to make required disposition and fourth-degree unregistered home improvement contracting.
Anyone who has not reported a theft, but harbors suspicions about dealings with Triboletti or Trimor, should respond to Detective Lindsay Llauget of the Prosecutor's Economic Crimes Unit - 732-929-2027, ext. 3462.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.