After Former Mayor's Arrest, Township Council Meeting Quiet

Carmine Inteso not a public topic at yesterday's council meeting

Yesterday's scandal was not a topic at the Toms River Township Council meeting, where public comments from officials and attendees did not mention of tax evasion charges.

The Council had a full agenda, and questions from the public dealt with a variety of township topics, but the federal indictment of the former mayor and councilman was not among of them.

Inteso, 46, appeared in federal court in Newark Tuesday. He was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City Monday night, after stepping off a plane arriving from Afghanistan where he'd been working.

Inteso is charged with three counts of federal personal income tax evasion and three counts of failing to file federal personal income tax returns. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman alleges more than $250,000 was unreported by Inteso in a sham company to accept payments from an un-named insurance broker from Towson, Maryland.

Inteso appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk Tuesday afternoon and was released on $200,000 bond. An arraignment has yet to be scheduled.

Inteso served from 2002 to 2007 as an elected official in Toms River. In 2002, he was named as mayor, in 2003 he was deputy mayor and served a term as councilman-at-large through 2007.

Yesterday's council meeting was lightly attended, with fewer than a dozen residents — less than usual. No one publicly mentioned the arrest and charges.

The L. Manuel Hirshblond Meeting Room, where town council meetings are held, also has a gallery of mayoral photos, filling the western wall with a history of mayors — and among them Inteso's photo. Inteso served as mayor for one year after the resignation of Bud Aldrich in 2002.

Township Clerk Mark Mutter — a former mayor and committeeman for the township — said his public office also did not coincide with Inteso's. "He was after my time," Mutter said.

After the council meeting several council members mentioned they did not serve alongside Inteso and declined comment. Inteso's last bid for elected office was the 2007 mayoral race, where Inteso ran as an independent after failing to receive the Republican candidacy. Thomas Kelaher, now serving his second term as mayor, was the Republican nominee.

Robert DiBiase ran Kelaher's mayoral campaign in 2003 and said he too did not know Inteso well.

Inteso ran as an independent for mayor in 2003. Kelaher, a former Ocean County prosecutor, was picked as the Republican candidate. "I guess we made the right decision, picking the right candidate for mayor," DiBiase said.

"I didn’t know Carmine well, not even knowing him while I was running Tom’s election campaign, against him," DiBiase said. "But needless to say, we weren’t on the same page."

The charges are disturbing, he said.

"It’s disturbing to see public officials, previously serving public officials, shirk their responsiblities, it's just disturbing," DiBiase said. "I mean, innocent until proven guilty, but if the charges are proven correct, the charges are tragic."

Inteso could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the three tax evasion counts. Each of the three failure to file counts carries a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Judge Joel Pisano is presiding over the charges.

Kelaher said again last night to Toms River Patch that the former mayor and councilman was someone he wasn't familiar with, but that after reading the federal indictment saw the mention of Brick Board of Education and Toms River.

The indictment states the insurance broker had earned commissions and other fees from "Brick Board of Education and Toms River." The broker then sent payments to Inteso's alleged sham company, and Inteso allegedly withdrew them for personal use.

"Everything we know about has to do with the Brick Board of Education," Kelaher told Toms River Patch. "The indictment says the Brick Board of Education and Toms River. But we don’t know why, we checked all the records, we don’t have anything to do with it."

JD July 11, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Dig a little deeper... you need to find out who were TR council members during time Inteso was there.... you need to find out who was on Brick BOE during timeframe... who was business administrator... who was super!!!
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Hello JD, the first terms of current Toms River council members Brian Kubiel, Mo Hill and Maria Maruca began in 2005.
JD July 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Who were all the TR council members during the timeframe 2002-2007. Many are no longer there of course. Who ran with Inteso in 2002?
Robert Shepard July 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
And maybe in some far off future you'll bother informing us as to exactly what DID go on at the meeting, rather than use an already reported story in an attempt to focus on a divisive non-topic that you hoped would bring the crazies out of the woodwork to yell back and forth about how corrupt politicians are and how terrible Toms River is. Instead you wholesale ignored every single item that could be of interest to me and other residents, and then decided to run this story ahead of an actual good story about two EMTs who saved somebody's life that they honored, if you're even going to report on that. Toms River Patch is a misnomer; this website should be called America Online's Attempt to Pigeonhole Smalltown America, the Toms River edition.
JD July 11, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Mr. Shepard... Every news agency is the same... "Bad News" headlines sells newspapers... But, this is an important issue... because of sooooo much corruption in Toms River. The EMT being a nice story... ahh.. so what... I helped pull a woman from the TR swimming pool having a medical episode... got a framed proclamation and everything (Signed by Inteso... lol) ... I didn't even attend the council meeting when it was present to all of us involved. but the EMT... isn't that in their job description!!! just say'in.. they do it everyday!
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hi Robert Shepard, Don't worry, we'll be posting additional stories from last night's council meeting throughout the day and coming days, just like we have previous. Come back shortly and check them out. Thanks.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Hello JD, here is a complete list of which council members served when in the township's history, whether Dover Township Committee or Toms River Township Council: www.tomsrivertownship.com/downloads/TCLIST.pdf
knarfie July 11, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Inteso arrested, Rittacco sentenced posponed, sounds like Mike is singing.
knarfie July 11, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Meant "postponed"
patg July 12, 2012 at 03:23 AM
you guys are all crazy love to kick people when thare down if you live in glass houses dont toss stones im sure the man did alot for the town
patg July 12, 2012 at 03:23 AM
you guys are all crazy love to kick people when thare down if you live in glass houses dont toss stones im sure the man did alot for the town
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Also, there are two special sections on Toms River Patch where we highlight good news, if you are having trouble finding it. Check out Kudos or Volunteers in the News for some of the good news worth celebrating in Toms River: Volunteers in the News - http://tomsriver.patch.com/search/articles?cat=1998198828 Kudos - http://tomsriver.patch.com/columns/kudos
. July 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM
thare? alot? dont? im? no such words. I don't live in a glass house so I can throw stones!
Smot Revir July 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM
JD, you need to get a LIFE !!
Smot Revir July 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I like to kick them all when they are up too !
Common Sense in Silverton July 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Fortunately for me, I always throw the second stone.
Smot Revir July 12, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Yes he did do alot for the town...HE GOT HIMSELF ARRESTED !!
Greg July 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I pay my taxes. Can I heave one?
Fedup July 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Mayor Kelaher after the raid on the Toms River Schools and Ritacco's Seaside Park home: "I heard he was a nice guy."
Lou Cando July 17, 2012 at 03:25 PM
What crime family was Carmen Intesco in ?


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