TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: DECEMBER 27, 2017
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of ANTHONY B. SAVINO (DOB: 03/29/1965; married; and employed as an attendant) of 62 Newton Street, Staten Island, New York on fraud charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
In October 2017, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received a complaint from representatives of the Bergen County Utilities Authority regarding an employee, Anthony B. SAVINO, who they believed had violated New Jersey Civil Service and employment regulations by obtaining employment with a public entity using a fraudulent New Jersey residential address.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that, in 2013, SAVINO obtained a New Jersey driver’s license using a fraudulently obtained mailing address in Bergen County, New Jersey even though, at the time, he resided in Staten Island, New York. Using the New Jersey driver’s license as proof of residence, SAVINO applied for and obtained employment with the Bergen County Utilities Authority (“BCUA”). At the time of his application, employment at the public entity required applicants and non-exempt employees to maintain their primary residence in New Jersey as per the residency requirements of the New Jersey First Act. SAVINO maintained the fraudulently obtained address while employed at the BCUA and, in fact, changed his residency to a second, fraudulently obtained address in November 2017. Upon receiving a position with the BCUA, SAVINO applied for and obtained health insurance benefits by completing an insurance application on which he reported the fraudulent information.
On Friday, December 22, 2017, Anthony B. SAVINO was arrested in Paramus, New Jersey and issued a summons. Upon his release from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, SAVINO was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department on an unrelated matter. He was wanted by the Port Authority Police Department in reference to a theft of services investigation which was initiated as a result of 343 EZ-Pass violations committed utilizing an EZ-Pass account and vehicles to which he had access.
Anthony B. SAVINO was charged by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office with one count of Insurance Fraud, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-4.6(a), a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Falsifying Records, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-4(a), a 4th degree crime. SAVINO was released pending his first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on January 10, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
SAVINO was charged by the Port Authority Police Department and issued a summons for one count of Theft of Services, in an amount greater than $500 but less than $75,000, N.J.S.A. 2C:20-8(a), a 3rd degree crime. SAVINO was released pending his first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on January 5, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Port Authority Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.