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Monmouth County News Briefs, Sept. 15

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A Shrewsbury man has been criminally charged with embezzling more than $750,000 from the Colts Neck-based company he once worked for as an accountant, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey has announced.

Linskey said Mark S. Bloom, 45, is charged with second-degree theft by unlawful taking.

An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Colts
Neck Police Department led to a financial analysis of D’Angelico Guitars of America, a
musical instrument manufacturer headquartered on Route 537, according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The analysis revealed that sometime in early 2020, Bloom had allegedly created a new
personal PayPal account and began surreptitiously transferring funds into it from the
company’s American Express business account and its PayPal business account.

Using the personal PayPal account, Bloom then allegedly spent much of the more than $750,000 he embezzled on online gambling, according to the press release.

Bloom was charged via summons on Aug. 31, pending the scheduling of a hearing to take place in state Superior Court, Freehold.


From kayaking to kite flying, the Monmouth County Park System’s Wind & Sea Festival is brimming with coastal activities for the entire family to enjoy.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bayshore Waterfront Park in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. Visitors are invited to try kayaking, fishing, kite flying, seining, sand casting and much more, according to a press release.

The park system’s Nature on the Move van will be on hand with an artifacts table on display. Most activities are free, but some may have a fee.

Admission to the event and parking are free. Parking is available at the Belford Ferry Terminal, 10 Harbor Way, Belford section of Middletown. A shuttle bus will transport visitors to and from Bayshore Waterfront Park. Individuals must wear a mask on the shuttle bus.

For more information, visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711.

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