August 15, 2016
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Scott Verhage Jr. who appeared before the Honorable William J. McGovern III, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on August 12, 2016.
Verhage, age 27 of Highland Lakes, was sentenced to three years New Jersey State Prison with 120 days’ jail credit. He was ordered to submit to a TASC evaluation, submit a DNA sample at his own expense, and make restitution of $6,684.60. His driver license was ordered suspended for six months, and he must pay total fines and penalties of $1,205.00.
He pled guilty on April 21, 2016, to Receiving Stolen Property, a third degree crime, three counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, third degree crimes, and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance not in an original container, a disorderly persons offense.
Each of the crimes to which the defendant was sentenced relates to items stolen from residences and vehicles in the Highland Lakes section of Vernon Township between December 2013 and June 2014.
Verhage was represented by Nicole Rizzolo, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.