BAYONNE, NJ – The owner of a Broadway jewelry shop has been charged with theft and forgery following an investigation by the Bayonne Police Department.
Bernard Golomb, 71, of Bayonne, owner of Aaron’s Gold on the 500 block of Broadway, was arrested on May 4 after detectives followed up on a December report that money was missing from the Bayonne Town Center, police said.
The Bayonne Town Center was a non-profit coalition representing businesses from 17th to 30th streets on Broadway until four years ago, when it was absorbed into the city’s Urban Enterprise Zone office, according to nj.com. But even after that move, the organization still operated through volunteers.
Golomb is the president of the Bayonne Town Center, and was added to the group’s bank account in 2012, according to police. He was authorized to issue checks from that account, but checks required a co-signer.
Through the investigation, detectives determined that Golomb allegedly forged the co-signer’s signature on a number of checks, police said. He also allegedly made unauthorized debit card withdrawals.
The total for the checks and withdrawals was $160,949.35, according to police.
Police said that 10 of the allegedly forged checks issued by Golomb were used to purchase gold and that he allegedly made unauthorized debit card withdrawals in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.
Golomb was remanded to the Hudson County Jail and his bail was set at $75,000, according to a published report.