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Former New Jersey official facing embezzlement charges

People who are elected to public office are trusted by their constituents to conduct themselves with integrity as they carry out their duties. While most do so, unfortunately, sometimes a few elected officials may appear to fall from grace when they are accused of breaking the public trust by allegedly engaging in unlawful activities that can sometimes result in some individuals facing embezzlement charges. One such case is a New Jersey former mayor who is being accused of misusing public monies. He has not yet had the opportunity to address these charges publicly.

The man has been charged with the theft of funds that were originally granted to the state for educational purposes for residents that lived in low income housing. The grant was for almost $100,000, but the former mayor is being charged with stealing over seventy-five percent of the money by placing the funds into separate accounts. He is further alleged to have set up a debit type card access to the account that had himself as the only user.

The man is then alleged to have used the money to pay for trips to another state as well as paying for his meals. He is accused of having used the account card to pay for meals and other expenses while still submitting paperwork to receive compensation for those same meals. If he is found to be guilty of stealing the money, then the former mayor could receive a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

This man is being housed in the county jail and is awaiting further proceedings in his case. The embezzlement charges are considered a serious offense, and this individual may need skilled help as he prepares to defend himself. New Jersey laws will afford him the opportunity to obtain information that may be of use to him as he tries to find the best way to resolve these charges against him. In view of the potentially severe consequences a conviction may bring, every reasonable effort will be necessary to protect his legal rights while fighting for an optimal outcome.

Source: Source: Lawrenceville Patch, "Former Lawrence Township Mayor Charged With Theft For Embezzlement," Anthony Bellano, July 12, 2013

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