February 13, 2018
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Ronald Gerstmann, who appeared before the Honorable William J. McGovern, III, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on February 9, 2018.
Gerstmann, age 59, of Sussex, was sentenced to three (3) years New Jersey State Prison along with three additional 18 month New Jersey State Prison terms, all to run concurrently. He must also submit a DNA sample, pay a total of $1,131.24 restitution to his victims and $530.00 in court fines and fees.
He pled guilty on November 6, 2017, to third degree Theft of Services, two counts of fourth degree Bad Check and fourth degree Forgery.
On two separate occasions Gerstmann wrote checks to Michael’s Jewelers in Franklin and to Mobil Gas Station on Hamburg knowing the checks were drawn on a closed account. The defendant also drew up fake housing documents in an attempt to collect rent money that was not due to him.
Gerstmann was represented by Bruce Farrier, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.