Last Updated on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 01:50 pm Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 31, 2014 05:11 pm
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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE â€“ The chairman of the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization and former chairman of the Dennis Township Regular Republican Organization has been arrested on charges that he bilked an elderly patient in his care of more than $149,000, according to the Cape May County Prosecutorâ€™s Office.
On Monday, March 31, County Prosecutor Robert Taylor announced the arrest of Robert V. Greco Jr., 51, of Vineland, the owner and administrator of the East Creek Manor Rehabilitation Center on Route 47 in Eldora.
Several sources have confirmed that Greco is the chairman of the Cumberland County Republican Party and an unnamed source identified Greco as the former chairman of the Dennis Township Republican Party.
Officials have accused Greco of convincing an elderly patient to sign over power of attorney giving him control of the patientâ€™s finances.
After a four month investigation by the economic crimes unit of the prosecutorâ€™s office, officials say the removal of more than $149,000 from the victimâ€™s bank account was not related to the care of the patient, but instead covered expenses for Greco and the business.
The patient was a resident at the East Creek Rehabilitation Center, according to county officials.
Greco has been charged with theft by failure to make required deposition, a second degree crime, according to Taylorâ€™s office. That could mean five to 10 years in state prison, if convicted.
Greco posted 10 percent of a $35,000 bail after his arrest and was released, said Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer.
The investigation is ongoing, according to county officials. Anyone with information is asked to call 609-465-1135, according to officials.
Profiles online on East Creek Manor describe it as an assisted living facility, with Greco as the administrator.
"I was shocked to learn about the alleged actions of Bob Greco as reported in the press today," said U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo in a statement. "Due to the seriousness of the charges, it is only appropriate that Bob resign his chairmanship of the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization."