FORMER COMMERCIAL SUPPLY COMPANY EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH FRAUD, CORRUPTION, AND GIVING FALSE TESTIMONY
A former salesman at Bayway Lumber, a Linden, New Jersey company that sold commercial and industrial products to numerous public and private entities, was charged today with defrauding Bayway Lumber customers and knowingly making false statements before a federal grand jury, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.
Adam Martignetti, 43, of South River, New Jersey, is charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of corruptly giving valuable items to agents of entities receiving federal funds, and one count of providing false testimony to a federal grand jury. He was arrested this morning by federal agents and is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to the indictment:
From 2011 through 2013, Martignetti allegedly conspired with others to defraud certain customers by fraudulently billing them for free items given to the customers’ employees and by fraudulently providing lower-quality products than what was actually purchased.
Martignetti gave a variety of valuable items to employees of Amtrak, the City of Elizabeth, and the Plainfield Board of Education. These items included a laptop, several iPads, a camera and sound system, patio furniture, and other merchandise. Under the supervision of Robert Dattilo, President and partial owner of Bayway Lumber, Martignetti overbilled those customer entities to recover the gifts’ costs and generate additional revenue. Dattilo even kept a running tally of how much Martignetti and others fraudulently billed those customer entities – which many at Bayway Lumber referred to as the “Bank” – to ensure that Bayway Lumber recovered the full cost of the free items.