Ex-Belmar hotel owner charged with attempted bribery

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FREEHOLD — Gabe Baron, former owner of the Belmar Beach Hotel, has been charged with the attempted bribery of a Belmar fire Marshall, the Monmouth County prosecutor announced.

In a news release, Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said that Mr. Baron, 71, allegedly “offered to make a cash donation to a Belmar fire company in order to ward off summonses and penalties issued for his property by a municipal fire marshal. The fire marshal immediately terminated the conversation and alerted Belmar police.”

Mr. Gramicccioni said that Mr. Baron, who lives in Galloway Township, is charged with second degree Offer of Unlawful Benefit to Public Servant for Official Behavior and third degree Offer of Unlawful Benefit to Public Servant for Official Behavior.

The second degree offense carries a sentence of five to ten years in a New Jersey state prison, if Mr. Baron is convicted of it. The third degree charge carries a sentence of three to five years in prison. 

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