FORMER TAX PREPARER PLEADS TO STEALING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

A 35 year-old woman from Beachwood, N.J. admitted to scamming the state out of more than $345,000 in unemployment benefits over a three-year period. Officials said Erica Rivera pleaded guilty to theft by deception, for filing over 24 online benefits applications for her former tax-preparation clients and collecting on their unemployment claims. Prosecutors recommend Rivera serve…

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MAN DROWNS SUNDAY IN LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP

On Sunday a 73-year-old Pennsylvania man died in Ocean County after being pulled from the ocean waters. Long Beach Township Police and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office responded to a reported drowning Sunday evening when an unidentified surfer reportedly pulled James Bishop of Germantown, PA, from the ocean. Bishop was taken to Southern Ocean Medical…