Bergen County Man Sentenced To Prison For Stealing From Union Golf Club

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TRENTON — A Bergen County man was sentenced to state prison on Friday for stealing more than $8,000 in property and services from a Union County golf club.

According to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi, John Getchius, 62, whose last known address was in Garfield, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan in Union County to three years in state prison and ordered to pay $8,984 in restitution. The sentence will run concurrent to the eight-year prison sentence Getchius is currently serving as a result of pleading guilty to other charges brought by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.


Friday’s sentence was based on Getchius’ March 14 guilty plea to third-degree theft by deception. The charge was contained in a Union County grand jury indictment returned on May 7, 2010.

In pleading guilty to the charge for which he was sentenced today, Getchius admitted that between May 5 and Aug. 31, 2009, he fraudulently obtained property and services from Suburban Golf Club, located in Union. Getchius created the false impression that he would make payments in the amount of $8,984. In order to deceive the golf club of his intentions, Getchius wrote three bad checks to Suburban Golf Club, knowing that the banks would not honor the checks.

Getchius is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty on June 11, 2009 to two counts of second degree insurance fraud and two counts of third degree insurance fraud. The charges were contained in a 2008 Bergen County grand jury indictment. According to the plea agreement, Getchius was also ordered to pay $25,600 in restitution and a $50,000 civil fine.

With respect to those charges, Getchius admitted that between Feb. 25, 2004 and Dec. 27, 2007, he used a variety of aliases and assumed identities to commit insurance fraud involving marine insurance policies. Getchius submitted $64,000 worth of fictitious insurance claims alleging that five dinghies, five outboard motors, a life raft and a marine tender were lost at sea on various dates. As a result of the fraud, Getchius received $25,600.

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