HAMMONTON MAN INDICTED ON CHARGES OF THEFT, FRADULENT TAX FILINGS, MONEY LAUNDERING


Pat L. Christopher

MAYS LANDING—An Atlantic County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Hammonton man for theft, fraudulent tax filings and money laundering, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Pat L. Christopher, age 67, was indicted by the Grand jury on August 28, 2019 for four counts of first degree Money Laundering and two counts of second degree Theft, Christopher was also indicted by the Grand Jury for fraudulently filing New Jersey income tax returns and failing to pay New Jersey income tax on unreported income for a period of five years, crimes of the third degree. Christopher was the co-owner and president of Christopher Construction Company, LLC a family owned business out of Hammonton.

An investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Financial Crimes Unit, revealed that Christopher, working in his capacity within the business, stole in excess of $1.1 million dollars that belonged to Christopher Construction and its co-owners. Christopher reported that certain transactions were business expenses, when actually he doctored the company business account to pay his own personal credit card expenses without the co-owners knowledge. Christopher participated in this fraudulent practice for approximately ten years.  Also, a review of the defendant’s tax returns showed that he was not reporting this additional compensation on his 1040 tax form for a period of five years.

The penalty for each first degree charge carries 10-20 years in New Jersey state prison.

Assistant Prosecutor Erika Halayko represents the State in this matter.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

 

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