A former Toms River mayor and commiteeman, indicted on tax evasion charges, is awaiting arraignment three weeks after his arrest at a New York airport.
, 46, appeared in federal court in Newark July 10 afer being arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City the night prior.
Inteso is charged with three counts of federal personal income tax evasion and three counts of failing to file federal personal income tax returns.
He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk and was released on $200,000 bond July 10. An arraignment has yet to be scheduled.
The latest activity on the court docket is the July 31 entering of court documents processed on July 10, such as the conditions of Inteso's release. He has been admitted into pretrial services, requiring him to stay in New Jersey, advise authorities if he's been questioned by police or even if he's involved in a traffic stop, and other parameters established by the conditions of his release, according to court documents.
According to the court docket, Inteso's attorney remains an appointed public defender for federal cases, Linda D. Foster.
A $200,000 bond for his release was secured by relinquishing personal property, according to court documents.
He was arrested after returning from Afghanistan, where he had been working as a contractor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which alleges he took a job in Afghanistan after learning he was the target of the tax investigation.
Inteso served briefly as mayor in 2002 and then served as deputy mayor for the Dover Township Committee in 2003. He served as a councilman-at-large from 2004 to 2007.
A Republican, he ran for mayor in 2007 as an independent but lost to Tom Kelaher.
According to the federal court docket, a warrant had been issued for Inteso's arrest on Nov. 10, 2011 — the same day an indictment was handed up charging Inteso with tax evasion, a federal felony.
Federal investigators allege Inteso used a sham company as part of a tax evasion scheme involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
An insurance broker from Towson, Maryland would make payments to the sham company, and those payments totalled $133,235 in 2006, $127,304 in 2007, and $31,253 in 2008, according to the indictment. The payments would be more than $10,000 in a month. Inteso would then use these funds for personal expenses. The IRS says Inteso owes taxes on this income for tax years 2006-2008.