TOMS RIVER - Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on Tuesday, April 2, the arrest of Adam Nevius, age 44, and Kimberly Atkinson, age 50, both of Manahawkin.
The couple was charged with Failure to Make Required Disposition, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-9. Atkinson was also charged with one count of Theft by Deception in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, for her material misrepresentation in the mortgage application that she submitted for the purchase of their Manahawkin home.
The arrests and charges came after an extensive investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit into Coastal Restorations & Construction of N.J., LLC.
Nevius and Atkinson, husband and wife, owned and operated Coastal Restorations. It is alleged that between 2014 and 2017, Adam Nevius, as a representative of Coastal Restoration entered into contracts with at least 17 homeowners and 2 sub-contractors for the repairs on their homes, most of which were damaged by Super Storm Sandy.
Despite receiving almost $700,000, for repairs, Coastal Restoration did little or no work on these homes.
Instead, Nevius and Atkinson are accused of using the funds for purposes other than which they were intended.
Prosecutor Billhimer expressed thanks to the following agencies for their assistance in the investigation:
- Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit,
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
- Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs,
- Stafford Township Police Department,
- Ship Bottom Police Department,
- Long Beach Police Department,
- Surf City Police Department
The public and media are reminded that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.