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Barnegat Schools: Memorial Not Tarnished By Alleged 9/11 Scam

The same truck that transported a WTC piece to the Barnegat School District last year is now at the center of an alleged scam.

The Barnegat High School's 9/11 memorial was "not tarnished" by the involvement of alleged scam-artists who helped contribute World Trade Center steel to the monument, school officials say.

Karen Wood, superintendent of schools, said the piece that was recovered from the wreckage of Ground Zero is certified by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The same truck that transported the tower piece - which serves as a memorial for those who died - is now at the center of an alleged scam.

Wood said. "This serves as an educational piece that helps us not forget what happened at the time of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

Thomas J. Scalgione, 40, of Manahawkin and Mark Anthony Niemczyk, 66, of Tinton Falls were accused this week of promoting a bogus 9/11 victims' charity by driving around in the same pickup truck, which was painted with the names of first responders who perished.

Through the efforts of resident and Patch blogger Charles Giles and others, the 9-foot steel beam was gifted to the Barnegat Township School district in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

The Attorney General's Office has sued Scalgione — who has had a long history of theft and sex offense convictions — and Niemczyk for allegedly operating an unregistered charity. Their first court appearance is scheduled for the Ocean County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Friday.

Both Scalgione and Niemczyk drove the red pickup truck, which bore the names of first responders who perished in the attacks, but the state has since impounded it. According to Patch and MSN file photos of the truck, it bore different logos and license plates at different time periods.

Last year, first responders, school children, politicians and the American legion, among others, took part in an emotionally charged unveiling of the 9/11 Memorial at Barnegat High school, which includes the steel.

Over a dozen school children from the four grammar schools and the Russell O. Brackman Middle School kicked off the ceremony, leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Giles, a resident who spearheaded the effort to bring the steel to town, took a minute to reflect on the memorial prior to the ceremony. "It took at lot to get his baby here," he concluded at the time.

Giles, who has denied any involvement in the alleged scam, was one of the district's main points of contact when the steel was delivered for the memorial, Wood said.

Bill Cox, transportation coordinator for the Barnegat Township School District, said the district didn't know Scalgione and Niemczyk could be part of an alleged scam.

The attorney general's office has requested that the court order the immediate impounding of Niemczyk's pickup truck to stop soliciting donations from the public, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a release.

“The alleged actions of the defendants is an affront to everyone who remembers the fallen and to the family members who continue to endure pain from the lives that were lost among the first responders at the World Trade Center,” Attorney General Chiesa said. “It is beyond comprehension that anyone would try to profit themselves under the guise of collecting donations to help the surviving family members of the fallen emergency responders.”

Niemczyk allegedly lied to the people he solicited by telling them he was a former Navy SEAL and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and at one time had a license plate on the pickup truck reading “N-Seal”. Niemczyk pleaded guilty in 1989 to committing welfare fraud.

Scalgione allegedly claims to handle public relations for truck appearances and has several criminal convictions, including theft, forgery, fraudulent use of credit cards and possession of an emergency communications receiver during the commission of a crime, according to the release.

Niemczyk and Scalgione also allegedly have been selling T-shirts with New York City Police and Fire Department and Port Authority Police Department logos at 9/11 memorial events since mid-2011 to raise funds for their charity.

The release states that both were not authorized to use the logos and that they allegedly also had a collection jug for cash donations when they attended events with the truck.

Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 03, 2012 at 03:19 AM
charlie and concern what I am saying here is don't attack just those you feel hate you... Attack me the one that really hates you and knows what you really are... And to attack a young adult for defending his parents is about the mentality you really have and your showing it.. You see I admit to what i did so why finger point at just the persons you think did it.. And you know I will do it again and again till you are with your friends so sleep easy my friend and remember I am watching you... :)
Phil Checchia August 03, 2012 at 10:09 AM
My advice based on the curret facts is for Con-cerned is to start a legal fund for Concerned.Don't hold your breath for donations.Any attorney who would rep this scoundral in-kind would loose his or hers entire practice credibility.
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 03, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Mr. Skinner were you not in the truck with Mr. Giles at anytime doing 9/11 business? It is funny Mr. Giles say's he does not know these men that he is a witness and then told Joe Torrillo he was frauded by these men and they tried to and I qoute rip him off that's why he is a witness.. But in fact sir he is a person of interest. Also when these fund raisers were being done and the picking up of the metal beam it is charlie in the picture with the red pick up and he was a passenger in it while doing so. Mr. Skinner your name came up alot as part in this and people came to me with your name and being involved with giles and company. So I have a challenge for you. If your not involved go to the AG's office and spill your guts out... Or you can meet me like my other sources and tell me what you know... I am a fair man who has been on charlie like white on rice as you can see above. But I do have to say my sources told me you were in the truck with charlie and you both my a bet that on can fraud the 9/11 system better then the other.. If you want contact me I am interested in what your defence is and why you won't come forward?... I have been on this since charlie claimed to be a 9/11 survivor and that he has injuries that should be visible but not... I am not after him because he called me names or belongs to my church telling lies about me.. This is not personal but it is justice for those who can not defend themselves...
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 03, 2012 at 01:58 PM
This is not the work of just one person but a few.. I am not claim fame for this but claiming victory for the brothers and sisters of all uniforms that can not protect themselves because they are no longer here... If you sir have any shame or dignity you would do whats right for them also.. So message me at anytime and let's talk.. I will post when you come to me so people know you do have a heart... thank you
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 03, 2012 at 02:36 PM
you know I think the patch should delete the people who have bogus names.. It is funny you deleted me for making a comment with my real name but other hide and yet you let them... If you have something to say say it with your real name not hiding like the troll you are.. I am asking that the patch do away with fake names and make people comment in there real one's... As far as being revenged on for your comment if you can't say it with your name then don't say it at all and maybe we can get rid of the problems on here... Tom I am asking you to concider this.. Thank you
Rick August 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Not so Phil. Any defendant is entitled to the best defense available. Think of F Lee Bailey. He defended Sam Sheppard, Albert DeSalvo, Ernest Medina, O J Simpson and it didn't ruin his credibility.
FrenchConnection August 03, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Concerned, you're a coward and don' deserve the space to comment here.
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 03, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Mr. Skinner you replied to my comment and will take you up on the meeting you.. send me a message via facebook because i am that kind of person to face you not hide.. It will be me and you... And please to not associate me with the ex committeemen or exmayor of toms river. I am not his son or do I want anything to do with him.. I am the one that speaks the truth and never promised people things for a vote that I could not deliver... I am me and he is well I won't go there... Thanks for the reply and please be a man of your word message me and we will meet...
Lauren Cox August 03, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Concerned: By the way you belittle my brother by speaking down to him not only as if you know him personally but also with the assumption that you are somehow better than him by your older age, I can only assume you are an adult your self. I have to say, for someone with such a strong opinion regarding my family and so much to say, it's a shame that you have to comment "anonymously" as if you have something to hide while we can all speak freely without masks. I don't think much else needs to be said about your character now, does it? Maybe next time you want to speak up you can back up your claims by being a grown up and using your own name. Or maybe next time Charles Giles can man up and defend himself. Have a good evening and God bless!
Mike Howard August 04, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Read these two stories on page 6. HTTP://issuu.com/Targum_editor/docs/dt_0911?mode=window&pageNumber=2
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 04, 2012 at 01:53 AM
very touching story but he changes every interview.... In several interviews it was a steel beam on the legs and a door way that saved his life. it was the only door way standing where he an several people hid... Got to love the fabrication and superman hero stories... If he took the person to jacoby hospital which is several miles away from ground zero and the traffic and kaos in the city that day.. How did one make it back to ground zero to save several lives???? Oh I know the phone booth and the superman cap....
Phil Checchia August 04, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Rick, this is a civil procedure and current law does not provide court appointed attorneys for this type matter.They can hire some slip and fall liar , I mean lawyer with fraudelent collected money when it the criminal proceeding take place. Con-cerned , the entire township now knows who you are and yes all would not be surprised who you really are.You are a floating Baby Ruth bar who will be flushed into the sewer . I say surprise me and meet for coffee ,say 9am Saturday @ WAWA. the cup is on me on me, Let's take your picture so the towns people can put your ugly rotten face on signs around town so you won't have to con us with false names and stories ,you coward.
Phil Checchia August 04, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Sad and pathetic and sick.I can't believe the story.
Bill Cox August 04, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Oh My! Looks like Concerned has left the building, at least this time he didn't claim it fell on him(or is it her,hmmmm, never sure). What is that old saying "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen"? So true. In time all the questions will be answered. Too bad it isn't that easy to erase in real life.
Phil Checchia August 04, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Plwase when answering Con-cerned please use it the way I have as to show that this person is con artist con-cerned only with a big payday, which will never happen. Also, please access the article Mike has made us aware of .You will be shocked at what was said . It's pathectic pack of lies.It is the words of a habitual liar who happens to Con- con artist.
Phil Checchia August 04, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Who was it that bought a house in Barnegat in 2004 for $198,000 and when it when it went sour would ahve lost it to a financial institution but sold way before it would have ben taken in 2008 for $238,000 to a nice family.This shows the facts via the Ocean County Clerks office.Funny no foreclosure took place.records. That' $50,000 more than the original purchase price. Of course any judgements or back monies were paid out of it and whatever proceeds were left after settlement went into someones pocket. This is not unusual . The bank did not take it according to ,again the OC clerks office and records department..It was clearly sold on the open market.
Mike Howard August 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Very touching? http://911blogger.com/news/2009-03-16/charlie-giles-needs-help also, www.flickr.com/photos/59218746@N07/5475690857/
linda zadroga August 04, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Whoever is still defending Giles and the other two red truck men, you are also theives or iditos. Everyone let me tell you I went to the 1st fundraser for Giles and I could tell he was a fake right away. He always does the same acting cry, he told me back in 2007 that he was losing his house now I just found out he just sold it. If you want to beieve these frauds it;s your right, but they are really the slime of the earth. Ann Baczewski
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 04, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Phil I went through the ocean county court Papers way back He and other people had a lose suite against the morgage company and then sold it for $258,000 and walked away with a $40,000 profit he also recieved money from workers comp in the amount similar to that and recieved $800.00 a month... I have been checking these documents and others I am working on to date. It Is funy all the fund raisers people have done for him and was stabbed in the back.. I found another shocking document that I will release after further review.. I like to have my ducks in a row before releasing or saying anything. But I think all will find this document to be interesting....
Barnegat tax Payer August 04, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I do not know Mr.Cox but i would like to thank you for exposing these CON-artists .Words can not describe the disgust i feel in the pit of my stomach for what these low lifes have done.Claiming to be a Hero,scamming the system what pieces of crap! I hope i have the pleasure of shaking your hand one day.This country needs more people like you.GOD BLESS THE REAL 9/11 FAMILIES !!!!!!!!!!
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 04, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Phil I went through the ocean county court Papers way back He and other people had a lose suite against the morgage company and then sold it for $258,000 and walked away with a $40,000 profit he also recieved money from workers comp in the amount similar to that and recieved $800.00 a month... I have been checking these documents and others I am working on to date. It Is funy all the fund raisers people have done for him and was stabbed in the back.. I found another shocking document that I will release after further review.. I like to have my ducks in a row before releasing or saying anything. But I think all will find this document to be interesting....
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 04, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Well mr. Skinner you hav e said you would meet with me and you had nothing to do with this. It has been a few days now and you have not reached out to me for our meeting.... I wonder why? I hope you are not playing a game because I love games and will play till the end...
Matthew Lightbody Sr. August 04, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Mr. Howard could you send me a link to that site please... Also would love to tslk to you... Thank you Matt my e-mail address is therevenger1140@aim.com I will give you my phone number from there..
Mac August 04, 2012 at 07:11 PM
WTG Bill Cox. I would have never guessed :-)
Bill Cox August 05, 2012 at 03:38 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUbGxBLPrsI Might want to view this Matt. Mind you this was shown on AlJazeera.
Bill Cox August 05, 2012 at 03:45 AM
This might help as well Matt. http://lacey.patch.com/articles/trauma-of-911-shadows-firefighters-days#photo-4208592
T.j. Gilmartin August 05, 2012 at 11:10 AM
But where on 9/11 or weeks after did you respond ? You went to DC , funerals , helped responders , went to visit someone in the hospital and you started a PTSD page , thanks for your service , Don't Call Yourself A 9/11 First Responder or try to gain from anything from the Fairy Tales your buddy Mrs. Concerned tells .
Phil Checchia August 06, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I met with you and Lt.Joe T. FDNY after the court hearing .Joe is for real.Our conversations will remain between us, but let it be know I am NOT in agreemnet with you on the subject of your friend from the Quaker founded town of 08005.
Phil Checchia August 06, 2012 at 01:08 AM
You say you reached the world with Al Jazeera.The media outlet of the terrorist world. The murderers of our fellow citizens. How could you make a statement like that in my book is almost treason Granting an interview to a terrorist medium. No one in this township ever knew about it or did your friend ever mention it to anyone. A speech took place at a truthers meeting in Valley Forge. I watched that person call President Bush a traitor while giving a speech for 30 minutes or more.Source is You Tube. The entire state and country has to know about both the interviews ,asap. Al Jazeera one of countries enemies. Who watches Al Jazeera but terrorists and murderers .
Rick August 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I never mentioned court appointed attorneys. Lawyers also take pro bono civil cases. In fact the ABA 'recommends' a minimum number of pro bono hours for all attorneys. And as I mentioned earlier, F Lee Bailey took the Albert DeSalvo case pro bono, not as a court appointed attorney.


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