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Hunterdon Couple sentenced in theft by deception case

FLEMINGTON, N.J. - A Hunterdon County couple who pled guilty to theft by deception charges were sentenced on Friday, according to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's office. 

Christopher Pennetta, 52, and Catherine Pennetta, 57, both of Pittstown, pled guilty to third-degree theft by deception for their active participation in the submission of fraudulent applications to the Hunterdon County Division of Social Services.

The couple were sentenced to a 5-year term of non-custodial probation on the condition that they pay $70,000 in restitution to Hunterdon County.

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns said that the couple "were arrested in October 2016, after an eight-month investigation revealed they were responsible for the submission of misleading applications for social services and social security benefits since March of 2014, and failing to file and pay income taxes in 2014 and 2015."

"The Pennettas were also found to be operating a home improvement business without the proper registration in 2015 and 2016. Mr. and Mrs. Pennetta’s indictments were handed down by a Hunterdon Grand Jury in March of 2017," Kearns said.

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