Friday, February 7, 2014

Margate Man Sentenced for Bad Checks and Theft of Electrical Services

MAYS LANDING A Margate man has been sentenced to 180 days in county jail for stealing thousands of dollars worth of electric service and writing bad checks, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.

On Friday, Feb. 7, Harry J. Rescigno III, 46, received a 180-day prison sentence for the theft of over $2,500 in electrical services from Atlantic City Electric and writing over $2,700 in bad checks. The court granted Rescigno the ability to serve the sentence via the Home Electronic Detention System (HEDS) program.

In October of 2013, theft charges were filed against Rescigno after investigators from Atlantic City Electric Department of Revenue Protection contacted the Margate City Police Department in regards to an electrical meter that had been tampered with in order to prevent it from accurately counting electrical usage. The meter was discovered at Rescigno’s residence located on the 7000 block of Winchester Avenue.

On Nov. 14, 2013, Rescigno, who is the owner of Bathroom and Kitchen King Remodeling Company LLC., was additionally charged with writing bad checks after a contractor hired by Rescigno received checks from a closed bank account as payment for materials and labor.

On Jan. 6, 2014, Rescigno pleaded guilty to third-degree theft and third-degree bad checks. Rescigno was also found to be in violation of probation he was previously placed on for theft and insurance fraud.

Today during sentencing, an investigator from Atlantic City Electric addressed the court stating Rescigno was a repeat offender and in 2002 the company caught Rescigno stealing services in the same manner at his residence in Glassboro.
Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson addressed that fact that the electric company sets the market rates for everyone using the electrical grid. When you steal power, you are stealing from your neighbor,stated Sandson while sentencing the defendant.

In accordance with the plea agreement, Rescigno was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, which he will serve through the HEDS program. In addition, Rescigno was ordered to pay $2,700 in restitution to the contactor within 30 days. He previously paid $3,012 in restitution to Atlantic City Electric for stolen services and the cost of investigation. Upon his release, Rescigno will be placed on probation for an additional five years.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County. 


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