Former Toms River mayor arrested on tax evasion charges

A former Toms River mayor was arrested Monday night and charged with tax evasion, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Carmine Inteso Jr., 46, was arrested on three counts of tax evasion and also faces three charges of failing to file federal personal income tax returns, according to his indictment. Federal authorities allege Inteso failed to file tax returns on more than $350,000 he collected between the 2006 and 2008 tax years.

Inteso, who ran under the Independent ticket in a 2006 race for mayor he lost against Republican Thomas Kelaher, is also accused of accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars in commission payments” from a Maryland insurance broker through a sham company Inteso controlled, according to the indictment.

Inteso was arrested late Monday night at JFK airport. He was returning to the United States from Afghanistan, where he has been working as a contractor, officials said.

Inteso held positions of mayor, deputy mayor, township committee member and councilman between 2003 and 2007 in Toms River, formerly known as Dover Township, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The former mayor is expected to make his first court appearance today by 2 p.m. Former Toms River mayor arrested on tax evasion charges