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By Brian T. Murray
Richard Maragni is the former finance officer at Seton Hall University who was imprisoned for 30 months back in 1995 after admitting to federal charges that he illegally diverted nearly $1 million in tuition funds, spending the money on a shore home and other luxuries.
"We’ve already filed the charges. We’re now waiting outside the home for permission from the owner to enter and for a Superior Court Judge in Ocean County to issue a search warrant to allow us entry," said Matt Stanton, an SPCA spokesman.
Berkeley Township police and animal control officers are standing by with SPCA agents, who contend they learned of the situation on Sept. 13, talked to Richard Maragni and tried to work out a deal by which the cats would be removed.
"We began working with them in a deal to remove 10 cats a week so as not to overload local animal shelters where we would have to take the cats. But a couple of weeks ago they rejected the deal, so here we are," Stanton explained.,
He said the number of cats was initially estimated weeks ago when the SPCA and Maragnis began talking about their removal and looked inside the home. Stanton said it was unclear whether anyone lived with the cats, but that agents were told a few dozen additional cats may be at the Maragnis' home in Livingston..." More