U.S. Attorney: Former Toms River mayor released on $200,000 bond

A former Toms River mayor was released on $200,000 bond today after he was arrested last night on federal tax evasion charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Carmine Inteso Jr., 46, appeared in federal court in Newark this afternoon following a six-count indictment charging the former mayor with three counts of federal personal income tax evasion and three counts of failing to file federal personal income tax returns on more than $350,000 between 2006 and 2008, according to the complaint.

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

Federal authorities allege Inteso took a job in Afghanistan after learning he was the target of the investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The former mayor 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.

Each of the three tax evasion counts carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Each of the three failure to file counts carries a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Inteso held positions of mayor, deputy mayor, township committee member and councilman between 2003 and 2007 in Toms River, formerly known as Dover Township.

He ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor as an Independent in 2006.

U.S. Attorney: Former Toms River mayor released on $200,000 bond