UPDATED: Grand jury indicts Greco in alleged bilking of elderly patient

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Greco's attorney says parallel civil suit will proceed

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Cape May County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against the chairman of the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization and former chairman of the Dennis Township Regular Republican Organization, officials announced.

The indictment stems from charges that Robert V. Greco Jr., 51, of Vineland, bilked an elderly patient in his care of more than $149,000. Greco is the owner and administrator of the East Creek Manor Rehabilitation Center on Route 47 in Eldora.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced the indictment in a press release Tuesday.

Greco was arrested in March after a four month investigation by the economic crimes unit of the prosecutor’s office.

At that time, officials accused Greco of convincing Williams Rhoads, 79, to sign over power of attorney giving Greco control of the patient’s finances.

In May, Michael Mulligan, Greco’s attorney, filed a civil suit in response to the March arrest, saying that his client is merely the victim of a business deal gone sour.

The civil suit, filed May 23 by Michael Mulligan, attorney for Greco, alleges that Greco and Rhoads had a verbal contract, and that the money was used in good faith on repairs at East Creek Manor.

In a May press release, Mulligan said: “In my 26 years of trial practice I often have experience people filing criminal charges to win their civil legal cases. Local prosecuting attorneys like Mr. Taylor have to be unbiased and see through such tactics.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Mulligan said the civil suit will continue.

“That suit goes along a parallel track with the criminal case,” Mulligan said.

“That case will proceed along the next couple of months. What our lawsuit is seeking is a judge to settle the accounts of the two people.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a grand jury returned an indictment against Greco, charging him with theft by failure to make required disposition, 2nd degree, failure to file a tax return, 3rd degree, and failure to pay income taxes, 3rd degree.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office financial crimes unit the offenses are alleged to have occurred in 2012 and 2013 and stem from the Greco’s role as administrator of East Creek Manor Residential Health Care Facility.

Conviction of a second degree crime could mean five to 10 years in state prison.

Conviction of a third degree offense means offenders face up to five years in state prison.

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