Facebook Removes Page Run by Unhinged Convicted Fraudster, Hate Group Leader Again

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – Richard Ciullo, a former Berkeley Township School Board member who now runs an internet hate group has been kicked off Facebook for the third time.  His “Rise Up Ocean County” page, then called “Rising Up in the OC” which focuses on antisemitism and the goings-on of Orthodox Jewish residents of Ocean County and beyond has once again been banned by the social media giant. Ciullo, who was convicted earlier this year of check fraud was sentenced to a weekend jail term in the Ocean County Jail.  Ciullo has been condemned by Facebook, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, and the entire Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders for his antisemitic rhetoric.

Ciullo was criticized in September after he was allowed on Lakewood School District property to film children on their first day of school, despite his status as a convicted criminal. Those photos were shared with his social media account which also featured cartoon caricatures of naked children holding sex toys.  Several sources within the highest levels of the Ocean County GOP organization have confirmed that Ocean County GOP Chairman Frank B. Holman, III, in no way to be confused with Frank B. Holman, Jr., is funding Ciullo’s perverse social media operation which is followed and liked by such political figures as New Jersey Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin, Toms River Councilman Kevin Geoghegan, Howell Business Manager Brian Geoghegan, Toms River Mayor Maurice Hill, Plumsted Mayor Jack Trotta and other high-level county political officials.

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One member of the Ocean County GOP executive board has confirmed that Chairman Holman sought to pay Monmouth County GOP Blogger Art Gallagher to fund Ciullo’s twisted project.  Gallagher denied those allegations but received a $4,000 payment from the Ocean County GOP Finance Committee account.  That same county official said the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is aware of threats Ciullo made against elected officials and harassment of elected officials and investigation is ongoing.

Last month, Ciullo attended a Toms River Township Council Meeting where he aggressively approached a Toms River Township councilman.  Ciullo had to be held back by a Toms River Police Officer working security at the meeting.  Later in the night, Ciullo aggressively approached the councilman a second time, this time held by a township attorney.

No charges were filed against Ciullo for that incident, but he was issued a verbal warning by the police officer at the meeting that he would be arrested for disorderly conduct if he did not leave the meeting. Ciullo ended up leaving the meeting, later apologized because he said he did not realize Toms River high school students were in attendance during his outburst and violent approach against the elected official.


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