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October 17, 2013

Pusher loses 10 vehicles

State: Drug profits funded cars, bikes for jobless Norry resident

— SUNBURY — A Northumberland resident appealing his 2012 conviction on 35 drug charges must forfeit his 10 vehicles and the $13,000 in his possession the day he was arrested, a Northumberland County judge ruled Thursday.

Neil Andrew Neidig, 52, of 572 Duke St., and 343 Ellison Ave., Lake Placid, Fla., appeared in Northumberland County Court on Thursday to contest a request from the state attorney general’s office that he turn over his fleet of vehicles and motorcycles because it was purchased with drug money.

Neidig continuously shook his head after a drug agent and state trooper testified that because Neidig didn’t have a job, the only way the vehicles could have been purchased was through his drug-selling operation.

Neidig was arrested June 3, 2011, after state police in Monroe County found $13,000, 13 pounds of marijuana and several switchblades in the vehicle he was driving.

Police had used confidential informants and controlled drug purchases for months while investigating Neidig, they said.

Neidig was sentenced to 14 to 30 years in state prison following his conviction.

President Judge Robert Sacavage listened as Lewisburg attorney Brian Ulmer, during the nearly 90-minute hearing, asked to delay the proceedings because Neidig has appealed his conviction.

Sacavage delayed his verdict not even five minutes in telling Neidig to turn over the 10 vehicles and that he would lose the $13,000 in cash.

Deputy Attorney General Robert Stewart III was pleased with the results.

“We are happy with the outcome,” he said. “This is what we had hoped for.”

During a four-day trial in July 2012, several witnesses testified against Neidig, including his daughter, Amy Nicole Neidig.

Neil Neidig asked to be removed from the courtroom in July 2012 while his daughter testified that her father taught her — what Deputy Attorney General David Gorman called — “the family business.”

Amy Nicole Neidig admitted working with her father and said she supplied drugs to Juan Dockey, a confidential police informant, on numerous occasions.

Amy Nicole Neidig was sentenced to probation for her part in the drug operation and several law enforcement officials and Sacavage praised the 21-year-old for having the courage to testify against her father.

Amy Nicole Neidig was in court Thursday and was asked about her father’s job history.

“I know he got disability,” she said. “I know he worked at a few places.”

Neil Neidig had received a substantial inheritance and had several jobs in the 1990s that led him to great wealth, Ulmer contended.

Ulmer tried to grill Amy Nicole Neidig about her father’s past jobs.

“I was a child,” she said. “I have no idea what he did in the 1990s.”

Stewart, the deputy attorney general, told Sacavage the attorney general’s office sent Neil Neidig a form to complete and provide the state with tax returns or any other documents proving he had money, but Neil Neidig refused to respond.

Stewart said the 10 vehicles were all the state was able to seize because anything Neil Neidig owns in Florida can not be attached.

There may be more vehicles and several motorcycles down South, Stewart said.

Neil Neidig said that one of his vehicles was worth more than $100,000 but Stewart said the entire lot of cars is only worth about $36,000.

The vehicles will be sold at auction, Stewart said.

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