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Man Accused of Faking Own Death in Staged Jersey Shore Boat Crash Faces New Charges

A New Jersey man who disappeared for nearly a year after authorities say he allegedly staged a boating accident to fake his own death is now facing more charges.

Atlantic County prosecutors say the charges are included in a superseding indictment recently handed up by a county grand jury against 45-year-old Andrew Biddle, of Egg Harbor Township, and 49-year-old Tracy Blumenstein, of Northfield.

Prosecutors say the counts stem from a series of fraudulent transactions the men committed through their boat sales business.

Biddle was reported missing July 20 after he and another man went into the water when their pontoon boat hit a buoy in Longport. His friend swam to shore and called police to say Biddle was missing.

The Coast Guard searched for Biddle, but law enforcement officials said two weeks later that they believed the accident was staged.

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