TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: JANUARY 3, 2018
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of SAMUEL M. DENORCHIA (DOB: 08/17/1960; married; and self-employed as a consultant) of 765 Undercliff Avenue, Edgewater, New Jersey on Theft by Deception charges. The arrest came about as a result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Edgewater Police Department under the direction of Chief Donald Martin.
In November 2017, representatives of the Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department reported a theft of Volunteer Fire Department funds which they believed to have been committed by the Fire Department’s Treasurer/Secretary, Samuel M. DENORCHIA. During the course of an investigation, it was determined that DENORCHIA had utilized his access to the Volunteer Fire Department’s checking and savings accounts to issue checks to himself, which he then negotiated for his own benefit. From March 2016 to November 2017, DENORCHIA issued pre-endorsed, blank checks in his own name and fraudulently obtained in excess of $40,000 from the Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department’s accounts.
On January 3, 2018, Samuel M. DENORCHIA was arrested in Paramus, New Jersey by the BCPO Financial Crimes Unit, and was charged with one count of Theft by Deception, N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4(A), a 3rd degree crime. DENORCHIA was issued a summons and released pending his first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on January 17, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.