Man facing charges after allegedly staging boat crash

04/27/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New Jersey – A New Jersey man accused of staging a boat crash is reportedly facing additional charges. A new indictment was issued and made public on Monday in connection with the case, according to a report by The Associated Press (AP). The indictment charges Andrew Biddle, 45, of Egg Harbor Township as well as Tracy Blumenstein, 49, of Northfield on multiple counts.

The two men ran a boat sales business. They allegedly carried out several fraudulent transactions from 2012 to 2014 through the business.

According to the AP, Biddle and another man were involved in a pontoon boat accident in July in Longport. Biddle was reported missing following the crash, which law enforcement officials now say had been staged.

Biddle, who initially was charged with theft by deception on three counts, is now facing additional counts of theft by deception in addition to multiple charges of theft by illegal retention and passing checks. Blumenstein faces the same charges. Both men have also been charged with conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking and deceptive business practices, which may warrant long prison terms if convicted.

The two men are free on bail.

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