December 1, 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 November 30, 2016 by Ronald Gerstmann.
Gerstmann, age 58, of Sussex, pled guilty to three counts of third degree Theft, Failure to Make Required Disposition, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and Bad Check, all crimes of the third degree and fourth degree Identity Theft/Impersonation. Sentencing is presently scheduled for February 3, 2017.
The defendant admitted to running several fraudulent schemes from 2013 through 2015, which resulted in the loss of property and money for several victims. Most recently in 2016 he failed to provide payment for sheds and barns delivered to his company, Sleepy Hollow Garden Center in Wantage, which sold them on behalf of Old Hickory Building. Additionally the defendant took deposits on sheds and never delivered them.
Gerstman was represented by Nicole Rizzolo, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.