Anthony A. Innarella, 32, of Bethlehem, Pa., (left) and his father, Anthony C. Innarella, 60, of Kunkletown, Pa., allegedly used people's identities without their consent to obtain New Jersey Certificates of Trade Names, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said on Aug. 4, 2017. (courtesy photo)
SOMERVILLE - A father and son from Pennsylvania, charged earlier this year in a Connecticut bank fraud scheme, have been arrested for using other people's identities to register trade names in Somerset County.
Anthony C. Innarella, 60, of Kunkletown, Pa., and his son, Anthony A. Innarella, 32, of Bethlehem, Pa., used people's identities without their consent to obtain New Jersey Certificates of Trade Names, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said on Friday.
Detectives, on July 21, learned Anthony A. Innarella was being held in the Northampton County Jail in Easton, Pa. He waived extradition to New Jersey and was released from the Somerset County Jail after a detention hearing, the prosecutor's office said.
Anthony C. Innarella turned himself in to the prosecutor's office on Wednesday and is being held in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Both had been charged in April in Fairfield County, Conn., after defrauding several banks, it has been reported. They were arrested after a Wells Fargo Bank employee told police Anthony C. Innarella tried to withdraw $18,000 in cash from a fraudulent account, it was reported.
Anthony A. Innarella was also charged in 2010 for trying to cash three fake checks totaling $10,000 at a check-cashing business in Bethlehem, Pa. No information on the outcome of that case was available on Friday.
A year later, Anthony A. Innarella was arrested in Bethlehem after firing a gun at the driver of another vehicle in what was described as an ongoing dispute, according to a report. He plead guilty to reckless endangerment and receiving stolen property, according to court documents.
Anthony A. Innarella, in 2009 and 2010, plead guilty to receiving stolen property and, in 2009, to use of a Grand Lodge of the Free Masons insignia without approval, court documents show. He had been charged with stealing checks in both cases.
His father, court documents show, filed for bankruptcy three times, in 1998, 1999 and 2015.
Robertson said the prosecutor's office was tipped off to the trade mark fraud in February by the Somerset County Clerk's Office.
Detectives discovered that, from Feb. 15 through April 25, three separate victims were contacted by detectives and confirmed that they had not applied for or signed any documents to register a Certificate of Trade Name, Robertson said.
Robertson said surveillance footage from the clerk's office confirmed both men went to the office and applied for Trade Name Certificates.
Robertson said both men have been charged with third-degree identity theft, forgery and conspiracy to commit identity theft.
Anthony A. Innarella is chief executive officer of NexGen Energy Consultants, according to his LinkedIn page. There is no website, phone number or address for NexGen in the Lehigh Valley area.
The company is described as "an energy management and consulting firm that delivers a comprehensive energy solution to large commercial, industrial, municipal, and private industry clientele," according to the same page.
He was previously president of energy procurement at Coastal Energy Consultants, described as providing the same services as NexGen, according to the LinkedIn page. Coastal Energy opened in 2011 and closed about a year later, it has been reported.
In 2013, two years after Coastal Energy closed its doors, three people connected to the firm were charged with wire fraud after altering already-signed contracts, it has been reported. Anthony A. Innarella, who left the firm in 2011, was not charged in connection with that alleged fraud.
Prior to working for Coastal Energy, Anthony A. Innarella owned Holly Cannoli in Conchahauken, Pa., and Ax2 Motors in Easton, Pa.
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