Kim Bogan, the Brick Township employee – and daughter of former mayor Joseph Scarpelli – who stole more than $940,000 from the township in an insurance scam, has paid just over $5,000 of it back.
Court records show Bogan’s last hearing on the matter of restitution took place in September. Township Administrator Joanne Bergin said the municipal government was not part of that hearing and, aside from being the victim in the case, has no say in the court-imposed program run through the state’s probation regime.
“We’ve been receiving payments from the state of New Jersey and they’ve been coming in regularly,” said Bergin.
According to township records, Bogan has made several payments to the township since an initial check she wrote after hatching a plea deal with prosecutors and receiving her sentence, for which she served 10 months in jail and must pay back all of the $941,354 she stole from the township coffers. The total since then has been $5,426.
“Those checks do not come to us from Mrs. Bogan, they come from the state,” said Bergin. “Her agreement is with the state of New Jersey, not with the township of Brick.”
During her plea hearing in 2017, Bogan, who worked in the township’s Building Department, admitted that between January 2011 and April 2017 she assisted her brother, Dr. Glenn Scarpelli – a chiropractor who committed suicide during the summer of 2017 by jumping out of a New York City building – in submitting false claims to her employee health insurance program. The claims were for treatments purportedly rendered to individuals covered under Bogan’s policy, however they were found to be bogus.
Scarpelli, Bogan’s father, served an 18-month jail term after admitting to extortion and bribery charges stemming from a relationship with an unnamed real estate developer in 2007.