Ocean County Fire Official Busted Stealing $100,000 From Fire Department

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Point Pleasant Beach Police Chief Robert Kowalewski announced that on July 12, 2023, Salvatore Umek, 45, of Point Pleasant Beach, was charged with Theft in connection with his former position as Treasurer for the Point Pleasant Beach Fire Company Number 2.

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad and Point Pleasant Beach Police Department revealed that between February 2019 and November 2021, Umek – in his capacity as Treasurer for the Fire Company – unlawfully transferred funds from the organization’s bank account to pay off personal credit card debt in the amount of approximately $100,000. Umek also transferred a sum of money directly into his personal bank account, and utilized the funds for his own benefit.

On July 12, 2023, Umek surrendered himself to Point Pleasant Beach Police Headquarters. He was processed and served with the charge via summons pending an upcoming first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.

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