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Ex-Asbury Ocean Club, manager of Asbury Lanes charged with theft

ASBURY PARK — An Asbury Park hotel employee has been arrested and charged with theft after stealing more than $400,000 from the business, Monmouth County District Attorney Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Wednesday.

Larry Dembrun, Jr. 40, of Montclair was arrested Tuesday by members of the Asbury Park Police Department and the Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office following an investigation, according to the MCPO.

He was charged with theft of over $400,000.00 from his employer, Salt Hotels, owner of the Asbury Hotel, Asbury Lanes and the Asbury Ocean Club, all located in Asbury Park. Dembrun’s most recent position with the company was as regional manager, which gave him responsibility for managing all three facilities, the MCPO said. He has since been fired.

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The investigation began when the Asbury Park Police Department was initially contacted by hotel executives on June 27, 2020 after an internal audit found Dembrun had written numerous checks to pay a credit card bill. personal credit, the MCPO said.

He had also issued unauthorized checks to himself and hotel staff members, the MCPO said.

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After a thorough review of the hotel’s operating/expense accounts, as well as Dembrun’s personal bank accounts, investigators determined that between January 2018 and June 2020, he stole $486,882.17 from the business.

Dembrun committed the theft in various ways. Unauthorized checks drawn from the Asbury Hotel’s operating account to pay his personal American Express bills totaled $159,898.32, the MCPO said.

He made cash withdrawals from the operating account totaling $165,144.25. He then deposited the money withdrawn in installments into his personal checking account, the MCPO said.

He also issued himself unauthorized paychecks in the amount of $12,603.00, the MCPO said.

Dembrun also took cash from the Asbury Lanes expense account in the amount of $51,150 and retained cash that should have been deposited in the amount of $6,791.25. Finally, he wrote “bonus” and “incentive” checks to hotel staff for a total of $91,295.00, the MCPO said. All of these acts were unauthorized and violated established company policy.

If convicted of second-degree robbery, Dembrun faces up to ten years in prison.

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