Former Property Manager and Superintendent of Chatham Apartment Complex Charged with Stealing From His Employers

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Borough Chief of Police Philip Crosson announce the indictment of Jerzy Michalak, 54 years old, former property manager and superintendent for Volker & Apgar Colonial Manor, Inc., an apartment complex located on Main Street in the Borough of Chatham.

Between January 5, 2012 and July 2, 2014, Jerzy Michalak allegedly rented out apartments within the Volker & Apgar Colonial Manor Apartment Complex while leading the corporation to believe that the apartments were vacant.  Michalak purportedly collected $81,760 in rent payments and security deposits from 17 tenants via check and cash payments and thereafter deposited the money into his personal bank account.  Michalak is alleged to have spent the money on personal expenses.

The investigation, conducted by Chatham Borough Police Detective Joseph Crecca with assistance from Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Agent John Jespersen, also revealed that the defendant allegedly stole approximately $15,000 in cash to include lottery winnings belonging to one of the owners of the apartment complex.

It is further alleged in the indictment that when the defendant was confronted by one of the owners of the business, he fraudulently used the business’ Visa credit card to purchase a one way ticket to Poland. Mr. Michalak has not been seen in the United States since he left for Poland on August 11, 2014.    

Defendant was indicted by the Morris County Grand Jury on one count of Second Degree Theft by Failure to Make the Required Disposition of Entrusted Property, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:20-9; one count of Third Degree, Misapplication of Entrusted Property, pursuant to N.J.S.A.2C:21-15; one count of Third Degree Theft by Unlawful Taking, pursuant to N.J.S.A.2C:20-3(a) and one count of Third Degree Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:21-6h. 

The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Francine Ehrenberg.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Chatham Borough Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

 

Succasunna Man Indicted for Robbing Wells Fargo Bank, Harmon Discount Store and Gas Station

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Roxbury Township Police Chief James Simonetti announce that Derek Morisco, 23 years old of Succasunna, New Jersey, was indicted today after an investigation revealed that he allegedly committed three separate robberies of various businesses located in Succasunna, New Jersey, within a span of four days.

            On March 31, 2014, at approximately 6:19 pm, Derek Morisco is alleged to have entered the Harmon Discount Store located at 274 Route 10 in Succasunna, New Jersey.  Once inside, Morisco allegedly passed a note to the cashier demanding money.  Morisco then fled the store on foot prior to receiving any money from the cashier. 

            On April 2, 2014, at approximately 9:20 pm, Morisco is also alleged to have approached the Fuel 10 gas station located at 65 Route 10 in Succasunna, New Jersey on his bicycle while armed with a knife.  He allegedly attempted to obtain money from the gas station attendant.  Morisco allegedly made continual unsuccessful attempts to enter a gas attendant booth during this incident.  Morisco then fled from the scene on his bicycle.     

            On April 3, 2014, at approximately 4:42 pm, Morisco is again alleged to have entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 106 Route 10 West in Succasunna, New Jersey.  Once inside, Morisco allegedly passed a note to the teller demanding money and claiming to be armed.  Morisco received $1,065 from the teller, and then fled from the scene on foot.         

         The defendant was indicted on one count of second degree Robbery, two counts of first degree Robbery, one count of third degree Possession of a Knife for Unlawful Purpose, one count of fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Knife, and one count of fourth degree Resisting Arrest.

            The case was presented by Assistant Prosecutor Sahil Kabse of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.  The lead investigators on the case are Detective Michael Gomez of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Corporal Adam DelGuercio of the Roxbury Township Police Department.

            Prosecutor Knapp wishes to thank the Roxbury Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Sussex Woman Charged with Eluding and Aggravated Assault

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Wharton Borough Police Chief Anthony Fernandez announce that Charity Thompson, 21 years old, of Sussex, New Jersey, has been charged with Second Degree Eluding and Aggravated Assault, Third degree Assault by Auto, Fourth Degree Causing Injury While Driving With a Suspended License, a Disorderly Person’s Offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and various motor vehicle summonses.

On January 1, 2015, at approximately 9:04 a.m., Wharton Borough Police attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop for speeding of a tan Toyota Camry on Route 15 South in Wharton, New Jersey.  Charity Thompson was later identified as the driver of the Toyota Camry. 

Allegedly Charity Thompson ignored police commands to stop her vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.  She traveled south on Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, where she ultimately crashed her vehicle.  Thompson and another occupant were removed from the vehicle and transported to Morristown Medical Center for treatment for injuries sustained as a result of the crash. 

The Honorable Gerard Smith, J.M.C. set bail at $200,000, no 10 percent, cash, bond or property.

The investigation is active and ongoing.  No other information is being released at this time.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp would like to thank the Wharton Borough Police Department and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].