Former Manalapan mayor gets five years

The former mayor of Manalapan, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for defrauding an investment client of $250,000 and submitting a falsified loan application in order to purchase farmland in Monmouth County, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Andrew Lucas, 37, was previously convicted by a federal jury on all 11 counts of an indictment charging him with wire fraud, an illegal monetary transaction, loan application fraud, false statements to the IRS, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation. Lucas was convicted following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson, who imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

Former Manalapan mayor gets five years