April 12, 2016
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to an accusation before the Honorable William J. McGovern III, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on April 11, 2016, by Michael Ruggiero.
Ruggiero, age 58 of Warwick, New York, pled guilty to two counts of Credit Card Theft, fourth degree crimes. Sentencing is presently anticipated for May 13, 2016.
In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to taking two individual’s credit cards from a gym locker room and thereafter making fraudulent purchases with the cards.
The case was investigated by Cpl. D. Young and Ptl. S. Gentle of the Vernon Township Police Department.
Ruggiero was represented by Leanne Healy, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.