Manahawkin Man Who Allegedly Ran Bogus 9/11 Charity Will Appear In Court

Manahawkin and Tinton Falls men sued for their part in alleged scheme; locals plan to attend

The Manahawkin man accused this week of promoting a bogus 9/11 victims' charity will face a judge at the Ocean County Courthouse on Friday.

Thomas J. Scalgione, 40, of Manahawkin and Mark Anthony Niemczyk, 66, of Tinton Falls will appear before state Superior Court Judge Vincent Grasso in Toms River at 10 a.m. Friday.

The for allegedly operating an unregistered charity.

Some who came in contact with the alleged scam artists say they plan to attend the hearing.

"We just want to be there to show our support for the AG's case," said Bill Cox, transportation coordinator for the Barnegat Township School District.

Cox, a former New York City police officer, filed a complaint with the Division of Consumer Affairs in May 2012 after seeing Niemczyk’s pickup truck at a World Trade Center memorial service in Barnegat.

Scalgione and Niemczyk were accused this week of promoting the charity by driving around in a pickup truck painted with the names of first responders who perished.

The same truck transported a tower piece recovered from the wreckage of Ground Zero to Barnegat last year to serve as a memorial for those who died.

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.

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.

Scalgione allegedly claimed to handle public relations for truck appearances, according to the Attorney General's Office.

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.

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.

A state Attorney General's Office 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.

Armando Quiroz August 02, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Mr. Cox is an individual and a long time resident of our community. He is entitled to his opinion and should not be accused of wrong doing because of the "negativity". You seem to fail to realize that the negativity surrounds the two men being accused of DECEIVING the public and STEALING money for a FAKE "charity." Mr. Cox should be commended for bravely contacting officials to expose the scam. If he were acting as if he "still holds a badge," he may have gone and handled the matter on his own. Instead, he did the right thing and now two accused scam artists are behind bars.
F.Lee August 02, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen The 9/11 Hero Circus has concluded. All those that attended can have your pictures taken with the clowns before they enter the clown car and leave the area. All proceeds from this event will go to the families of 9/11 victims.. honest.. really.. pinky promise..God Bless Bill Cox
Mike Howard August 02, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Here is the problem Armando with you answering any Concerned citizens statement that doesn't put their name on what they say. You might as well talk to a wall. Mr. Cox made a statement and used his name. You are making a statement and using your name. That adds to your believability. I just can't believe that a wall knows what it's talking about or that the wall isn't a friend of these two crooks.
Ray August 02, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The guy had a long criminal record and was contacted by Barnegat's career 911 survivor to bring the steel beam to Barnegat. They had a bogus charity and used Barnegat to sell their goods. How did the politicians in Barnegat allow this to happen. Good thing that Mr.Cox recognized the phonies and notified the AG>
M.Calabrese August 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
To Concerned....what is your relationship to the 2 mutts that have been exposed? Only a blinded family member or a real real dumb ass would try to turn the table towards Mr. Cox. And I am sure that if Mr Cox stopped a crime from being committed against you, you would not be questioning his integrity or character. Mr. Cox GREAT JOB!!! M. Calabrese
Armando Quiroz August 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Haha, I see. Thanks Mike.
T.j. Gilmartin August 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
But where was Charlie ?
T.j. Gilmartin August 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Be in court tomorrow at 10am
Transparent C August 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
the so called journalists who post these reports should fact check before they credit a known self proclaimed hero with getting the steel beam "gifted" to Barnegat, What a joke, the guy wanted the memorial to bear his name and all kinds of crazy stuff. He needs help. And remember the saying goes, birds of a feather - well who is always tied at the hip to these two guys and who has been collecting money and toys under the same premise...for 9-11 families? The AG will be casting a wider net if logic follows.
T.j. Gilmartin August 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Mr. Concerened if your so much in the Know , I think you would make a Great Prosecution Witness ,I would love to meet you in Court tomorrow at 10am !
T.j. Gilmartin August 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Your a women , read your comment Dope ! You gave yourself up Charlie ! This wannabee would love to see you in court Mrs. Dope !
T.j. Gilmartin August 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Let it all come out in Court ,this tow truck driver will be LMAO ! TaTa till 10am tomorrow !
God Bless America August 02, 2012 at 09:48 PM
You only seem "concerned" with speaking for Patch blogger Giles. Are you seriously attacking Mr. Cox in Giles name. God Bless!
Bill Cox August 03, 2012 at 09:49 AM
@Concerned: First said was: Wow the transportation director of the school will be there. Is that within his contract. He is a former cop who thinks he still holds a badge. I think the Board of Education should look at the negative publicity this man has brought to the district in the past and is now by saying he is supporting the AG's case. I hope it is not on district time with my tax dollars. We all should look into that. Just a thought since he seems to think he is a cop. Then said: I am not knocking Mr. Cox. I think what he did was outright perfect. Then this one & I love this one: @ TJ First and foremost do not call me Mr. I am an older woman. Talk about being all over the place. This "person" seems to have the utmost respect for Charlie yet seems to show very little toward me. For your information, my present job has nothing to do with this situation. Secondly, would you like to explain what negative publicity I have brought to the district? You certainly can not be referring to Charlie's vain attempt at saying I was some kind of pervert, are you? That was totally bogus and you commented on that one as well, nice try. As you can see many are willing to post their real names on here because we have nothing to hide, you on the other hand do not wish to do that since, like your friend, you surely must be hiding something. I am easy to find, if you know Charlie that well and live here you will know that. I suggest you take a few Valium, not too many, and relax.
T.j. Gilmartin August 03, 2012 at 10:10 AM
BiLl this clown belives his own lies , he thinks he has everyone fooled , but every dog has his day , I think his day is very near !
Disgusted August 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM
As someone was lost a family member and quite a few friends on 9/11 I can say this..any person who capitalizes on human tragedy is beyond repair and should be punished accordingly..but first I'd like them to explain to my nieces and nephew why they are entitled to receive money because of their fathers and many others heroic efforts that day...
T.j. Gilmartin August 04, 2012 at 09:50 PM
But where is Charlie !
Mac August 04, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Beats me. Maybe he became CONCERNED when he heard a rumor about some tar, some feathers, and a spare steel beam that needed a new home.
F.Lee August 04, 2012 at 11:37 PM
What time will the ceremony be on September 11 at Town Hall when the Second Memorial is dedicated?
F.Lee August 04, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Will Barnegats most famous hero speak at the ceremony....
Phil Checchia August 06, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Correction: those from across the state and other states.
Phil Checchia August 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
The word that was used was traitor referring to President Bush.


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