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Assemblyman Schroeder Charged With Writing $400k In Bad Checks

State Assemblyman Robert Schroeder wrote almost $400,000 in bad checks, according to the state attorney general.

New Jersey State Assemblyman Robert Schroeder was charged Friday with writing almost $400,000 worth of bogus checks, according to a press release from the state attorney general's office.

Schroeder allegedly wrote the checks to people who invested in his Hillsdale-based company, All Points International Distributors. The company manufactures pre-fabricated structures. Most of the company's business has been with the federal government, according to the press release.

Schroeder said he wrote two checks totalling about $100,000 because he believed the U.S. Army had wired him money owed for a contract, according to a report on NorthJersey.com. Schroeder apologized and said the debt had been paid, according to the report.

Officials from the attorney general's office said they believed Schroeder had "intentionally" written bad checks. State officials seized seven bank accounts maintained by Schroeder under API and other businesses, including Hercules Global Logistics, LLC and RS Consultants, LLC.

“Deliberately writing checks when you know that you don’t have the funds to back them is a crime, and when it involves the kind of money alleged here, it’s a very serious crime,” Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said in the press release.

Chiesa said the investigation is still ongoing and other investors may have also been duped. Detectives searched Schroeder's Washington Township home and API headquarters in Hillsdale Friday morning.

Schroeder was charged with second-degree passing bad checks at a State Police Sub Station in Totowa. Officials said he was expected to be released without bail. Schroeder faces as much as 10 years in state prison and $150,000 in criminal fines, according to the attorney general's office.

Schroeder, 52, is a Republican who represents New Jersey's 39th District in the State Assembly. He began his first term in 2010 and started a second term in this year. He previously served on the Washington Township Council. 

Schroeder did not immediately return calls for comment Friday.

Patch will have more information on this story as it becomes available.

Jeffrey Tammen August 04, 2012 at 07:00 PM
That's for sure scruffy,all that good goes away with one bad decision or two. Years ago he had a very successful auto parts buss which had many locations which eventual all closed up called all points auto parts.i feel bad for his employees who have families.
Falcon Fan August 04, 2012 at 07:01 PM
You are correct Sir. As former Assemblyman Schroeder says, it is really all Obama's fault. He's wonderful when throwing other peoples money around. Look at all the great things he has done for the community. Let's start a list - you go first.
Maureen August 04, 2012 at 09:47 PM
He has to blame someone!!! What a joke! Who would write bad checkssss and then blame President Obama?????????
Maureen August 04, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Check his property taxes!!!!!
Steve Kohlreiter August 04, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Glad to see all these people kicking a man when he is down. Nice group of people. Clear definition of mob mentality. He might everything been stated but in America you are entitled to a day in court, not mob rule.
Dana Egbert August 05, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Would you feel the same way if you received one of those bounced checks? Hell, he doesn't even deny it. He blames Obama for his unethical behavior.
Maureen August 05, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Check his property tax!!!!!
Skeptic Sam August 05, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Since no one guessed, why don't you answer it for us?
Skeptic Sam August 05, 2012 at 01:58 AM
What about them?
Ally Shuster Shea August 05, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Bergen republicans are so corrupt, to double dipping, senator otooles investigation, drugs, pot,bongs, underage girls at republican Donovan's home. Ethical issues with Bernie madoff hermansan, these republicans got to go.
tc August 05, 2012 at 02:20 PM
An article in the ny times makes it look like it wasn't the economy but his own fault . "The federal Government Accountability Office found the company’s past performance to be unacceptable and cited that as reason to pass it over for a contract last year to provide tents for an Army unit in Afghanistan, even though Mr. Schroeder’s business had submitted a lower bid than competitors. In December 2011, the accounting office denied All Points International’s appeal of that designation. All Points contended that the determination was based on one bad incident even though the company had successfully fulfilled other contracts for the government." http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/04/nyregion/nj-assemblyman-robert-schroeder-charged-with-writing-bad-checks.html?_r=1
B@B August 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
If Mr. Schroeder's businesses have had problems for a while, it's understandable that the government would shy away if they had doubts his companies could deliver. I'm more concerned with his claim that his financial woes are Obama's fault because of the wind-down of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as if the Federal government has an obligation to keep feeding kids into a meatgrinder so that Schroeder can keep his nice house on Schlegel Lake. It sounds like he didn't put away anything for a rainy day while times were flush, instead deciding to buy political influence with the local and state Republican Parties. That $400,000 in donations he's made over the years would have gone a long way to ensure that he wasn't put in a position of writing bad checks. And by the way, before you all start squawking about Obama intervening personally to deny the great and powerful and wonderful Bob Schroeder a contract, please note that the GAO reports to CONGRESS, not the executive branch. The current Comptroller General wasn't finally appointed until 2010, but he had served in his capacity as acting CG since March 2008, when he was named on an interim basis by George W. Bush.
scruffy August 05, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Sounds like Maureen knows something about his property taxes and myabe we will find out in time. I have heard he has many little investors locally that are out money as well. Seems he was good at getting people to "loan" him money. This is a sad state of affairs and yes we will all have to wait for the truth to come out in the fiscal investigation that has just begun. Who knows how mortgaged up his properties are and who else is going to fall with him from his business. Either way an Ethics Lesson is in the works for at least the short term. I do wonder why all the Republicans aren't calling for him to resign or maybe they are behind the scenes. The Dems have nothing to applaud about they have such fine examples of late like Joe Ferriero & Ken Zisa. so no one should be gloating at this man's bad moves. I do however again worry about the rest of his extended family.
tc August 05, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I agree with everything you have said B@B, that was the point i was trying to make. I too find it disgusting blaming Obama, and the wars winding down (thank god that they are) for Mr. Schroeder's financial troubles.
B@B August 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
EXACTLY, sruffy. It is a sad state of affairs. No one party at the local level has a patent on corruption and bad judgment. Here in Bergen County, both party apparatuses are rotten to the core with cronyism, glad-handing, influence-buying, and other behaviors that may not always be illegal, but are rarely in the interest of the citizens. I haven't heard a peep out of any local Democrats, which is probably wise. Though if I were a betting man, I'd guess that Mr. Goetz is smelling blood in the water and has his eye on "inheriting" Schroeder's seat if the latter resigns.
Dana Egbert August 05, 2012 at 09:56 PM
B@b, I curse you should Goetz get that position.
scruffy August 05, 2012 at 10:19 PM
LOL, I bet mr. Goetz or his running mate Durso would love to elevate to the Assembly level. However.....you have to have enough votes at the County level to get that nod and neither one does since they are both relative newcombers and problems at that. If they had a good record of accomplishments then it would be a better chance. Either way Schroeder has to resign first and that has not happened so it is putting the horse before the cart as they say. Bigger issue is who will run in the November election on both sides if the opening happens. Get your score cards out now and start marking them it is going to get ugly in the Valley!
Walnut August 06, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Given the performance of our mayor and council the past couple of years, it is laughable that any of them would think they merit consideration to run should Schroeder resign. Hopefully some honest, ethical, competent, mature, Republicans step up to the plate to challenge our mayor and council and run for the assembly seat should it be vacant. Our present mayor and council may be honest ,decent people, but they have demonstrated an inability to govern effectively and with sound judgment. As to Schroeder, he is innocent until proven guilty. Even if he were acquitted, this sad episode raises enough questions about his judgment that he should resign immediately for the sake of the community and his family. He does himself no good by trying to hold onto office and would only lose the next election. Now, I don't think I'm alone in hoping we get new candidates not beholden to the county republican organization lest we get more of the same, otherwise we are just asking for the Democrats to sneak into what's been relatively safe R territory
Ally Shuster Shea August 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Did any Bergen dem steal $400,000? Please even republicans know Ferreiro was usedby Christie to win the governor and was never arrested. Zisa had a girlfriend issue,you think Schroder is going to knock him for that?
Ally Shuster Shea August 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Saddle river councilwoman Karen msterno will take schorders seAT. HERMANSENS Never will take it
scruffy August 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Seems he is quoted on www.nj.com as saying he will NOT resign. Wow the nerve of this crook. He has been kiting on several accounts for years. has a legal judgement that he reneged on and is still waking like no one can touch him. This is what is wrong with the world today. Throw the bumm out of office. Christie how come you are silent on this one?
Bus Stop Talk August 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
There is something known as due process and he is entitled to it. Reserve judgement till then.
Steve Kohlreiter August 06, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Amen to that! Most of these people would hang him upsidedown at a gas station WITHOUT a trial.
B@B August 06, 2012 at 06:09 PM
The question is how much "making this go away" his $400,000 donated to Republicans over the last decade will buy him.
Joe Taxpayer August 06, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Schroeder will have to answer these charges in court. What about Jon Corzine who has been labeled a financial genius by Obama and helped the President design hos economic recovery plan that so far has lead to the longest period of time the unemployment rate is above 8%? Did I mention that Corzine is a fund bundler for the president? All jon Corzine did was gamble away billions at mf global. He fired the risk manager that warned him about the strategy. So when Jonny's bet went bad and needed collateral did Jonny reach into his own pockets? No. Of course not. He did what could hard left liberals do; he took other peoples money in this case hard working folks's retirement funds to the tune of 1.6billion. So is Jonny in jail? Fortunately Jonny is friends with pres. Barry and is still raising millions for the pres. When u are donating to the President you don't have a care in the world. So where is the outrage? Bob Schroeder will face charges over 400,000 while Jonny Corzine steals billions and lives the good life.
Dana Egbert August 06, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Joe Taxpayer, All that is well and good, but in case you missed it, this article about Schroeder. No matter how many times Scheoeder, or his fans try and change the subject, this is about Schroder bong a crook.
Dana Egbert August 06, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Maybe has to do with that big "R" after his name...
Joe Taxpayer August 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Yes. And Mr. Schroeder will have his chance in court to prove his innocence. That is the american way. Mr. Schroeder is accountable. Unfortunately Corzine is not being held accountable because AG Holder has been told not to investigate the theft of billions of pensioners money by The President. On top of that Obama is accepting Corzine's contributions. Justice for Schroeder but not Corzine? I guess it's okay to steal if you are a liberal. Unfortunately Jon Corzine who
Dana Egbert August 06, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I don't think you will find anyone who will disagree with prosecuting Corzine. What you're doing is trying to change the subject by blaming others, something Obama does all the time to Dubya. Regarding the stealing comment, I guess you'd have to ask a liberal.
Jose A. Camacho, Esq. September 14, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Send this fool to jail. Go to jail! Do not pass go! Do not collect $200! Take an orange jumpsuit, a 4'x8' room with bars, a roommate named Bubba, and enjoy!

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