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ASBURY PARK PRESS :: MONMOUTH EDITION

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Sandy
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win first
jury award
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Dead voters
remain on N.J.
election rolls;
no fraud found
PAUL DAMBROSIO @PAUL_DAMBROSIO
AND SUSANNE CERVENKA @SCERVENKA

Thousands of the dead remain on New Jerseys active voting rolls with a handful of votes cast in their
names over the years, an Asbury Park Press investigation found, but all were likely due to clerical errors
rather than fraud.
No election outcomes were changed, even in local
races, the Press review of votes over the last decade in
five of the larger counties in the state.
This week, GOP presidential candidate Donald J.
Trump claimed that the upcoming Nov. 8 election is
rigged and that there would be large-scale voting
fraud. He pointed to one study that stated the voting
rolls across the country were populated with 1.8 million
dead voters.
Yet the idea that the dead could change elections on
Nov. 8 remains highly unlikely, considering the vast
number of votes cast in each election. And Trump has
offered no proof that any fraudulent votes have been
cast in past elections by the dead. Even GOP party
members have said that there is no basis for a claim that
See DEAD, Page 17A

Robert Novy of Brick was charged with


money laundering, theft by unlawful
taking and misapplication of
entrusted property.

N.J.: Brick lawyer


stole $1.2M from
elderly clients
ANDREW FORD @ANDREWFORDNEWS

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RUSS ZIMMER @RUSSZIMMER


AND JEAN MIKLE @JEANMIKLE

ive months and youll be back home. That was the


promise Price Home Group made in a contract with
Patricia Bollman and Maureen Molz, a Brick couple
among the thousands at the Shore who lost their home
to superstorm Sandy.
Now three years later, after making $187,000 in payments
and enduring months of delays, unreturned calls, and what she
claimed as shoddy workmanship, Bollman is convinced Price
Home Group was only looking after itself.
The rebuilding experience was filled with tremendous
emotional pain and heartache, Bollman told the Asbury Park
Press. It is my opinion, PHG didnt care if it was (disaster aid)
money, my money, another customers money or insurance
money. To PHG, it was all their money.
At the end of August, a state Superior Court jury in Ocean

There is really no
leverage for the
homeowner in these cases,
and thats become a
problem.
SUE MARTICEK,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OCEAN
COUNTY LONG-TERM RECOVERY GROUP

A Brick attorney who has long served as an advocate


for the elderly and held himself out as an expert on elder law has been charged with stealing more than $1.2
million from elderly clients, authorities say. That includes clients who didnt have close relatives or suffered from dementia.
Robert Novy, 65, whose office is in Manchester, was
arrested on charges of first-degree money laundering,
second-degree theft by unlawful taking, and second-degree misapplication of entrusted property, according to
a statement from the Office of Attorney General Christopher Porrino. He was taken to Ocean County Jail with
bail set at $500,000.
While Novy held himself out as a leading legal advocate for the elderly, we allege that he corruptly used
his reputation and his law license to prey on vulnerable
seniors, taking control of their finances and stealing
more than $1 million from their life savings. Porrino
said in the statement. In his greed, Novy not only betrayed his oath as a lawyer to uphold the law, he betrayed all standards of decency.
See LAWYER, Page 2A

See VICTIMS, Page 12A

Social Security beneficiaries will receive a paltry 0.3 percent


cost-of-living adjustment to their checks in 2017. Page 1B

Bridgegate: Baroni grilled on stand


PAUL BERGER @PDBERGER

NEWARK - The danger of putting a defendant on


the witness stand was on full display Tuesday, as a
prosecutor took a no-holds-barred approach to questioning the actions of a former ally of Gov. Chris
Christie before, during and after the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.
Under four hours of aggressive cross-examination from Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Cortes, Bill
Baroni, the former deputy director of the Port Authority, alternated between expressing remorse for
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not having done more to expose the true nature of the


lane closures and stating that he acted as best he
could given the pressures put upon him by the Christie administration.
As U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman looked on from the
back of the courtroom, Baroni answered a barrage of
questions that created an unflattering image of his
character and poked holes in his version of events.
Many questions seeking yes or no answers elicited lengthy explanations from Baroni, drawing freSee BARONI, Page 2A
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