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Wall Family Arrested In Fraud Investigation

Four Wall residents arrested by Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

A Wall Township developer and several of his family members and an associate were arrested this morning in an Ocean County fraud investigation called “Operation Family Affair,’’ authorities said.

Around 6 a.m. the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, along with other law enforcement agencies, arrested four members of the Colatrella family, of Martin Road, and charged each in connection with fraudulent financial activities, including mortgage loan activities, according to a release from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Arrested this morning were:

  •  Christopher “Chris” Colatrella, 40, of Martin Road, the owner of CMC holdings LLC;
  • John T. Colatrella, 49, his brother, of Martin Road, the owner of Colatrella Properties;
  • Alexis Colatrella, 27, daughter of John T. Colatrella, of Martin Road, a former employee of Mortgage Line Financial Services;  
  • Vincent Veritas, 24, John Colatrella’s step-son, of Martin Road;
  • Delores Cittadino, 79, John Colatrella’s mother-in-law, of Long Branch; and
  • Martin Damato, 27, of Colonia, a former Mortgage Line Financial employee.

The Prosecutor’s Office says those arrested today bilked $2 million from a real estate deal “flipping’’ scheme involving condominium units located at 114 Center Street in Lakehurst, according to the release.

The release says the property was sold by Chris Colatrella to his family members and the associate, who then fraudulently misrepresented their employment and income to obtain mortgages on the properties, which subsequently went into foreclosure.

“Our investigation found probable cause to believe these transactions, involving Chris Colatrella and his family members and business associate, were sham transactions, not entered into in good faith, and with the ultimate goal of bleeding off the profits.  It is illegal and criminal to obtain mortgage funds under these circumstances,” Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said in the release.

In addition to charges relating to the fraud and conspiracy, Chris Colatrella and Alexis Colatrella are also charged with money laundering. The pair is also, along with John Colatrella, charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to the release. 

 The arrests culminate an investigation which took place for more than a year, according to the release.

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Wall Township Police Department, the Long Branch Police Department, the Eatontown Police Department, and the Woodbridge Police Department, also were involved in today's arrests, the release says.

Bail was set by Ocean County Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson, in the amount of $500,000.00, no ten percent option, for Chris Colatrella, John Colatrella and Alexis Colatrella, the release said.

“These are complicated financial cases to investigate and to prove," Ford said in the release. "However, financial frauds like this one are against the law, and cause many other consumers and businesses to shoulder the loss occasioned by this conduct. In the end, we all pay for financial crimes.”

Bail was set at $100,000.00 for Martin Damato, according to the release.

For Vincent Veritas and Dolores Cittadino, bail was set at $35,000, the release said.

Anyone with information about these charges may contact the lead detective, Det. Mark Malinowski, of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office: (732) 929-2027.

Sandy C August 24, 2012 at 06:46 PM
What a great role model Chris is for the Wall Knight's as president!!!!
m. fusco August 27, 2012 at 09:01 PM
this is not the first time - once a snake always a snake
wall resident August 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Involved your 80 year old mother in law, hope you rot in jail. What a piece of garbage
Knight August 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Linda Colatrella 9:57 am on Saturday, August 25, 2012 Really you idiot, before you make a comment about others you should take a good look at yourself. And with that being said may you rot in hell with the rest of your family members.
Jeannie September 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM
No doubt - he better be removed as such.... He gave my husband such a hard time (everyone loved him as Coach) because he was loved by all and Chris didn't like that. Pop Warner better get rid of him as he is a FELON
Jade Klein September 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Jeannie you're obviously just as pathetic as your husband .. You dumb bitch !
JDON680 September 18, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Send all these Colatrellas to jail and just be done with the whole thing. they are all criminals. They should pay for everything that they did!
INSIDE looking OUT December 01, 2012 at 12:48 PM
DAMN REPUBLICANS...

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