Ocean County Man Sentenced After Doing Contract Work in Belmar Without Registering

Victor McGookin, Seaside Park, sentenced after failing to register as a contractor

A Seaside Park man was sentenced to one year of probation for failing to register as a contractor with the state Division of Consumer Affairs and conducting business in Belmar and Highlands after Superstorm Sandy, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Victor McGookin, 53, of Seaside Park, was sentenced Friday to one year probation on one count of fourth degree Failure to Register with the state Division of Consumer Affairs before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, J.S.C.

McGookin pleaded guilty on November 21, 2013, admitting he attempted to transact business as a contractor in Highlands and Belmar in April and May 2013, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, without first registering as a contractor with the state agency as required by law.

The case is being prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew S. Fried of the Office’s Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau, who serves as coordinator of the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force.

McGookin is represented by Patrice R. Hayslett, Esq. and JoAnna Boretti, Esq., of Freehold.

The Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force was launched in February 2013 to address complaints arising from fraudulent reconstruction and home repair, charitable contribution or cyber-scams and other consumer-related issues.

Homeowners or citizens can report complaints via the following:

• The Task Force webpage at www.SandyFraud.com or call the Task Force hotline at (855) SANDY 39.

• Visit the Task Force Command Center, located in the Bayshore Activity Center at Bayshore Waterfront Park, 719 Port Monmouth Road, in Port Monmouth.

Command Center hours are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Peoples Champ January 17, 2014 at 05:46 PM
John Walton January 17, 2014 at 08:33 PM
You don't get it. This guy is the lowest rung on the ladder. This guy is a poor sap who was basically looking for odd jobs or repairs,just trying to make a few bucks, he was an easy target for this task force. They went after this harmless guy who did not defraud anyone in anyway as far as I know. This was a case of this task force going after the easiest target so that they could say, 'Look! We're busting the bad guys!'
Project Bluebeam January 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Yes, he looks creepy. Yes, he broke the law. However, he answered an ad, he didn't actually do the work and no homeowner actually complained about him. He was set up so the gov't goons could look good. They should have been doing something about the contractors ripping people off and doing shoddy work. Read the full story here: http://www.app.com/article/20140117/NJBIZ14/301170105/-1/UPDATE/Victor-McGookin-Seaside-Park-contractor-nabbed-in-Sandy-sting-gets-probation
charlie January 18, 2014 at 05:20 PM
More agencies of do nothings. Just what we need.
tom January 19, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Yes, he did not defraud anyone but he did break the law. If this stops ONE bad "contractor" then it was worth it. Heck, I sued a contractor that walked off the job and refused to refund my money, his excuse being that it was going to cost him too much in gas to get to the site to make it profitable for him. I won in court, all he did was close that business and re-open as another. (Not Sandy related repairs) So, even using a registered contractor who had no marks against him on the BBB, can still screw you.


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