Tax Evasion by Guilty New Jersey Mayor

The former mayor of Toms River, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Carmine C. Inteso Jr., who was arrested in July 2012 after returning from Afghanistan, was charged with a six-count indictment.

Inteso allegedly took a job in Afghanistan after learning he was the target of the tax investigation, and after returning to the United States, he was taken into custody.

According to court documents, from 2002 through 2007, Inteso held the positions of Township Committee member, mayor, deputy mayor, and councilman for the Township of Toms River.

Beginning in 2005 and continuing through 2008, Inteso accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from Francis X. Gartland, an insurance broker whose companies provided services for New Jersey to Toms River. Inteso directed Gartland to make the payments to a company Inteso controlled.

Inteso used the funds to pay for his personal expenses and withdrew significant amounts of cash. Despite receiving approximately $291,000 in income from the insurance broker during calendar years 2006, 2007 and 2008, Inteso failed to file personal income taxes for those years.

He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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