N.Y. man jail certain for defrauding 8 N.J. companies, 3 ladies to fund lavish life-style

A former Kenilworth man was sentenced to eight years in federal jail for defrauding eight New Jersey companies, robbing one other and stealing the identities of three ladies.

Raymond Scura, 31, of Staten Island, handed fraudulent checks and used stolen bank cards to buy luxurious items and providers corresponding to a rustic membership membership, limousine providers, luxurious lodge bills, unique automobile leases, a Rolex watch, and high-end wine, the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for New Jersey mentioned in an announcement.

He made the purchases to “seem rich and acquire the arrogance of his victims, who have been normally ladies.” Scura then stole their identities to make extra purchases and preserve a lavish life-style.

He pleaded responsible Wednesday to wire fraud affecting a monetary establishment, aggravated id theft and Hobbs Act theft and was ordered to pay $166,505 in restitution. In all, the victims had greater than $250,000 stolen from them between July 2016 and January 2019, authorities mentioned.

The names of the companies weren’t disclosed in court docket papers, although one is a automobile service in Kenilworth. He additionally wrote a nasty examine to a enterprise within the Marlton part of Evesham for a $52,000 Rolex watch and spent $2,863.04 on 12 bottles of wine at a special retailer on the town.

In October 2018, Scura and one of many ladies spent a complete of 5 nights at a New York Metropolis lodge. Whereas Scura advised the girl he’d pay, as a substitute he used her bank card to ring up for greater than $31,000 in fees, in line with court docket papers.

He was arrested in Atlantic Metropolis in January 2019 when the supervisor of the Evesham enterprise agreed to fulfill Scura underneath the pretense of promoting him extra watches, court docket papers state. The supervisor had already reported Scura’s fraud to police.

Then, in February 2019 Scura was arrested on fees that he robbed a enterprise proprietor at gunpoint who’d insisted on money cost after one in every of Scura’s checks bounced as a result of the account printed on it didn’t exist. The enterprise proprietor didn’t settle for a second examine and the 2 met as much as drive to a financial institution in Essex County, in line with a criticism.

“You’re going to place this … examine into your account and you then’re going to take (the cash) out of your account. Don’t inform anyone or I’ll go to your own home and kill you and your loved ones,” Scura allegedly advised the person.

Scura then handed the person a 3rd examine, took his financial institution card, requested for the PIN and deposited the examine himself. He then had the sufferer withdraw that cash, which Scura took for himself.

Along with the jail time period, Choose Claire C. Cecchi sentenced Scura to 3 years of supervised launch.

Jeff Goldman could also be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Comply with him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Discover NJ.com on Fb.

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