Home Police, Fire & Courts Contractor Indicted for Taking Money from 14 Brick, Toms River Families

Contractor Indicted for Taking Money from 14 Brick, Toms River Families

Jamie Lawson (Photo: OCPO)
Jamie Lawson (Photo: OCPO)

A contractor who was hired to perform work on homes following Superstorm Sandy has been indicted by an Ocean County grand jury for failing to complete work after taking money from 14 families in Brick and Toms River, prosecutors said Friday.

Jamie Lawson, 41, owner of Lawson Renovations, L.L.C., and J & N Construction, allegedly took money from the 14 homeowners in Toms River and Brick, and then did either no work or less than contracted services on their homes. He allegedly used the money for vehicles and personal expenses.

Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave said Lawson moved to New Jersey shortly after Superstorm Sandy and made application to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs to be licensed as a Home Improvement Contractor. The state licensed Lawson based upon his “material misrepresentations on the application,” including his failure to disclose criminal convictions in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Shortly thereafter, he began taking contracts to perform Sandy-related renovations, demolitions and new home construction, Della Fave said.


Lawson was indicted on charges of financial facilitation of criminal activity (money laundering) for more than $75,000, six counts of theft by failure to make required disposition for more than $75,000, nine counts of theft by failure to make required disposition for more than $500 and less than $75,000, tampering with public records for submitting a fictitious Home Improvement Contractor Application and one count of unregistered home improvement contracting.

Superior Court Judge Patricia B. Roe set bail at $150,000 and restricted Lawson from engaging in home improvement and building contracts. She also required him to surrender his passport.

  • KaayC

    Would it be judgmental to say, this guy needs an old-fashioned ass whooping to do that to people?

  • A.P.

    There’s more than just him that has done these storm victims
    But at least one has been caught

  • J W

    I think I met this guy waiting on a pizza at Nicks. He was really keen on telling me how he came out here from Washington State to help out with Sandy stuff and wanted to move in to my basement in exchange for doing work that I didn’t need done. He was definitely doing a confidence thing to win me over. Lots of talk about good Christian stuff and how honest he was. I sensed a hustle and politely turned it down.