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Union County Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Disaster Benefits Fraud, Business Impersonation Fraud, COVID-19 Loan Fraud, and Treasury Check Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for disaster benefits fraud, business impersonation fraud, COVID-19 loan fraud, and Treasury check fraud, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Roy John Depack Jr., 49, of Union, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an information charging him with one count of disaster fraud, two counts of wire fraud, and one count of forging or fraudulently endorsing Treasury checks. Judge Martini imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In September 2021 and October 2021, Depack filed two applications with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fraudulently seeking disaster relief provided in the wake of Tropical Storm Ida. In one application, Depack falsely claimed to be another individual and the owner of a property in Newark, and in the other application, Depack falsely stated that he was the owner of a property in Union that he actually rented. Based on Depack’s misrepresentations, FEMA granted one of Depack’s applications and awarded Depack $24,069 in disaster assistance.

From 2020 through 2022, Depack defrauded victim companies by pretending to be representatives of various other companies and ordering merchandise that Depack then intercepted. He fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise from two different companies.

In January 2021, Depack also submitted a fraudulent Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application to the U.S. Small Business Administration and falsely claimed to be another individual and to own a cleaning company based in Union, New Jersey.

In September 2021, Depack improperly obtained, endorsed, and deposited at least two checks issued by the U.S. Treasury and made out in the names of two other individuals, which value totaled more than $1,000.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Depack to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $123,489 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited postal inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Christopher A. Nielsen, Philadelphia Division; special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General, New York Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian C. McCarthy; and special agents with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Mid Atlantic Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew McKay, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Pesce of the Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

Updated September 7, 2023

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 23-258