Man sentenced for swindling Sandy aid from FEMA

A central New Jersey man who swindled more than $12,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Superstorm Sandy has been spared a prison sentence.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 52-year-old William Nagle of Sea Bright was sentenced Friday to two years of probation and ordered to pay $12,114.25 in restitution. Nagle had pleaded guilty in February to theft by deception.

Prosecutors say Nagle used the money he took to pay for 68 nights of lodging even though he could have lived in his third-floor apartment.

Nagle’s unit was temporarily uninhabitable after Sandy caused flooding and interrupted utilities to the building. But tenants were allowed back on Dec. 29, 2012.

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Authorities say Nagle stayed at various hotels last year between Jan. 14 and March 23.

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