A Margate man was sentenced to 180 days in county jail Friday for stealing thousands of dollars worth of electric service and writing bad checks, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.

Harry J. Rescigno III, 46, was convicted of stealing more than $2,500 in electrical services from Atlantic City Electric and writing more than $2,700 in bad checks to a contractor. He will serve his sentence via the Home Electronic Detention System program.

Theft charges were filed against Rescigno in October after Atlantic City Electric investigators contacted the Margate City Police Department about an electrical meter that had been tampered with. The meter was found to be at Rescigno’s residence on the 7000 block of Winchester Avenue. At sentencing, an Atlantic City Electric investigator told the court Rescigno had stolen services in the same manner in 2002 while living in Glassboro.

Rescigno, who owns Bathroom and Kitchen King Remodeling Company, was additionally charged with writing bad checks in November after a contractor he had hired received checks from a closed bank account as payment.

Rescigno pleaded guilty to both charges on Jan. 6. He was also found to be in violation of probation he had been placed on for theft and insurance fraud.

Rescigno was ordered to pay $2,700 in restitution to the contractor within 30 days. He previously paid $3,012 to Atlantic City Electric for stolen services and the cost of investigation. He will be placed on probation for five years following his release. 

Braden Campbell