DEVELOPING: Crooked Lawyer Novy Arrested

Robert Novy, a prominent Manchester-based Republican lawyer accused of bilking his senior citizen clients out of money has been arrested Tuesday morning, law enforcement records confirmed.

Novy's mugshot

Novy’s mugshot

According to Ocean County Jail records, as of Tuesday, Mr. Novy is facing a litany of charges including Money Laundering, Contempt of Court and Theft By Unlawful Taking.

We previously reported that Mr. Novy was facing formal ethics charges stemming from allegations that he commingled client and personal funds.

In July, one of Novy’s associates, Douglas Hull, was also formally charged by the Office of Attorney Ethics on similar allegations.

Novy was previously associated with Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher’s law firm before starting his own practice decades ago. Novy was also was the host of the WOBM radio show “Inside The Law.”

Jail records indicated that Novy’s bond has been set at $500,000 and as of this time remains lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, He can be reached via email at or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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10 Responses

  1. Humpty says:

    More Toms River Republican connected folks getting arrested. No worries he’ll be out working again somewhere. That’s the way they roll….

  2. HenryHudson says:

    Can’t wait for this headline for Gilmore… only a matter of time…

  3. Nuclearprogram says:

    Novy, knows where a lot of bones are buried. This, developing story, could get interesting.

    • James. K. says:

      Yes, he was very involved in the Toms River political scene for decades.

      • Freedom of Speech has died says:

        I wonder how Happy da tax cheat sleeps at night
        Sing Republicons Sing rat on each other
        Indict Fat Boy and watch him sing

        • Guest says:

          Happy, could care less.

          • Freedom of Speech has died says:

            Until hes sitting next to transition team member Mike Ritacco he wont care
            its all starting to roll down hill first Samson Wildstein then the 2 Bridgegaters Christie soon to be indicted all will sing and it will fall to the Ocean County Republicon Repukes
            now split that Republicon Vote

  4. Boo HOO HOO says:

    Mike Ritacco says Hi an Welcome did you bring da lube?

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