Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a man from Florida has been charged with stealing over $75,000 from a Sayreville couple.
Mr. Robert Perniola, 58, formerly of Manalapan but now living in Pompano Beach, Florida, turned himself into authorities at the Middlesex County Court House on August 16th at approximately 1:30 pm. Police charged Perniola with theft by deception and money laundering.
Authorities filed the following charges after an investigation by Detective Kevin Schroeck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Police determined that Perniola, between January 13, 2012, and February 28, 2014, obtained funds more than $75,000 from a Sayreville couple by falsely representing himself as someone that was assisting them in refinancing their mortgage.
After the victims sent money to Perniola, he moved the money to other accounts and made personal purchases police said.
The investigation is active and is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kevin Schroeck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Perniola are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.