Howell attorney indicted on charges of false accusation in Sayreville crash


NEW BRUNSWICK — A lawyer from Monmouth County was indicted May 27 on a charge of falsely accusing another individual during a police investigation of a motor vehicle crash.

Mark Kentos, 46, of Freehold, was charged in New Brunswick with one count of falsely incriminating another individual by reportedly claiming that a detective from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office was driving Kentos’ vehicle when it crashed, but the detective was never at the scene and was not involved, according to a statement prepared by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Kentos, who practices law in Howell Township, was indicted following a presentation to a grand jury. During the investigation it was reportedly determined that Kentos was allegedly driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck in the parking lot of a nightclub in Sayreville on Dec. 4, 2015, when he crashed into the rear passenger side of a 2013 Subaru at 11:20 p.m.

Kentos allegedly told police his pickup had been driven by the detective from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and claimed the detective fled. It subsequently was shown that the detective was not the driver, was not at the scene of the collision and had not been at the nightclub, Carey said. Kentos was charged by police on Dec. 28.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Timothy Brennan of the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444 or Detective Nichola Chiorello of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3300.