The 54-year-old suspect used to run the Volker & Apgar Colonial Manor apartment complex, which is located on Main Street in Chatham Borough, New Jersey. The suspect was in charge of collecting money from tenants and securing the funds for the owners of the apartment complex.
According to officials, the suspect collected rent and security deposits from 17 tenants and then lied to the building owners; he told them that the apartments were vacant.
The suspect allegedly deposited the stolen money in his personal bank account. He then reportedly used the funds to cover his own personal expenses.
The suspect also allegedly took $15,000 in cash from the apartment complex owners. The stolen cash reportedly included lottery winnings which belonged to one of the owners of the building.
Prosecutors believe that the suspect stole a total of $81,760. The thefts occurred between January 2012 and July 2014.
When the suspect was confronted by one of his alleged victims, the suspect reportedly used a business credit card to buy a one-way ticket to Poland. The flight left for Poland on August 11 2014; the suspect has not been seen in the United States since then.
Authorities conducted an extensive investigation into the suspect. The joint investigation included the Chatham Borough Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
Following the investigation, prosecutors filed criminal charges against the suspect. Now the suspect has been indicted by a Morris County grand jury in Morristown on two counts of theft and one count of credit card fraud.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Ex-Apartment Super in Chatham Accused of Stealing $81K in Rent Money.”