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Manahawkin Man, Post-Sandy Contractor Convicted On Theft Charges

A 41-year-old Manahawkin man responsible for rebuilding projects after Hurricane Sandy was convicted this week on theft charges.

After a four week trial, David Haugland was convicted in Superior Court by an Ocean County Jury of two counts of second degree theft and one count of second degree attempted theft.

The jury was hung on one count of first degree money laundering, resulting in a mistrial on that count. The defendant is subject to retrial on that count.

According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office:

The state alleged that the defendant was in the business of home construction and had numerous building projects in the Long Beach Island area.

Specifically, Haugland was involved in business activities relative to three construction or proposed construction projects located at 1410 South Beach Avenue in Beach Haven, 6 Edge Water Drive in North Beach, Long Beach Township and 6013 Ocean Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, Long Beach Township.

The jury found that the defendant deceived investors about these projects as to his ownership status in the real property or his authority to deal in the property to induce the victims to invest and second that he failed to utilize investor monies pursuant to a known legal obligation, that is for construction on the respective properties as specified in his agreements with the investors. 

The jury determined that the total amount taken by the defendant from 12 investors was $1,092,500.  Finally, the jury found that the defendant sought to obtain a mortgage loan in excess of $75,000 by providing false information to a bank.  The penalty for each second degree count is between 5-10 years in State Prison.

The lead Detective on this case was James Conroy of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit and the case was presented to the jury by Senior Assistant Prosecutors Martin Anton and Peter Ryan.  The defendant was represented by V. Scott Macom of Egg Harbor Twsp.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 4 before the trial judge, Rochelle Gizinski.  The defendant remains free on bail pending sentencing
seaswirl February 07, 2014 at 04:23 PM
I'm glad to see some of these "Hurricane Sandy" contractors are still getting locked up one-by-one. Unfortunately, mine is still out there ripping off other people around the state.
anonymous February 07, 2014 at 06:26 PM
When you steal from someone who is vulnerable as many storm victims are you are telling people its all about me, me, me. And that is sad. In the end when you cant impress people with your money and status anymore that is exactly who you end up with. All alone shunned from anyone with any self respect enough to even be seen in your company. I will see this piece of trash on april 4th You deserve what you get when you take advantage of others. I will be taking pictures of you and you will feel much more embarrassment then those you left in your wake. anonymous
CBITOM February 07, 2014 at 06:36 PM
The greed is rife out there big time in this area, I have seen rip offs that are terrible being a contractor myself for 30 years. I lost my home and everything in it, before i rebuilt mine I rebuilt two clients first at half the cost they were quoted by some greedy local contractors. One electrician in Manahawkin quoted them 6000 bucks to replace sockets, won’t mention names, leave that to angies list. Be careful folks it’s a cash cow for the greedy and the saying in the field is (mold is gold) and a house that was 26 grand to raise 2 months before sandy is now 70 grand, pure greed. best thing to do is hold off and let the fly by nights go out of business and make the others compete and sweat for a while, after all no money coming in and big bill being due on the overkill Diesel F-350 dual wheel 70 grand work truck is a good incentive to lower rates, lol
Larry Cataldo February 07, 2014 at 06:47 PM
LOVE CONTRACTORS AND CAR SALESMAN AND PIMPS WANT THEM TO LIVE ON MY STREET!!! I NEED THE TARGET PRACTICE!!!!
Proud Pappa February 07, 2014 at 10:10 PM
Is this correct about it being a Sandy issue??...pretty sure he was locked up before Sandy on these offenses..Neighbor was a victim..
Republicannibals must Go February 08, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Proud Pappa It was before Sandy and involve people from his church.
Scott Walk February 09, 2014 at 01:38 AM
Yes this is true I use to work for him in 2007 and he was building three houses in L.B.I and had one finished and was showing it and telling people if the invested 100 thousand in a house when they sold he would pay them back 150 thousand not exact numbers but something like that .... All three houses were going for 1.8 million to 2.4 million ... Feel bad for the investors
Proud Pappa February 09, 2014 at 09:24 PM
Editor Davis, seems like u got it wrong here and are giving people a false impression that these dirty post sandy contractors are being charged and convicted..maybe a little more investigative reporting before publishing the story and attaching a photo that is in no way related.!!
Joe Gagliardi February 10, 2014 at 06:46 AM
I agree with Proud Papa. This happened back in 2010 and was in no way related to Sandy. Articles in the newspapers outlined the timeline of the whole scenario. Really poor reporting.

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