A Randolph NJ man who used to work for the Morris County court system was recently sentenced to state prison time for stealing civil judgment monies.
The 54-year-old suspect worked as a special civil part officer, also known as a constable, for the Morris County court system. Part of his job duties included ensuring that money collected in civil judgments was later turned over to creditors or the parties who had actually secured the judgments.
The suspect was allowed to keep a commission from the civil judgments; however, he knowingly kept far more than the amounts to which he was entitled. According to authorities, the suspect stole $112,875 from January 2010 to April 2012.
Court officials discovered the long-term theft during an annual audit in 2012. The suspect was then arrested and charged with theft by deception and official misconduct.
While entering his guilty plea in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ, the suspect expressed regret for his actions and said that he had merely “mismanaged the account.”
During a later sentencing hearing in the same courtroom, the suspect was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison. The suspect will have to serve a minimum of two years in prison before he becomes eligible for release on parole.
Additionally, the suspect will be required to pay restitution in the full amount that was stolen. He has already repaid approximately $24K of the stolen funds.
To learn more about this case, go to the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Randolph Man Gets 3 Years for $113K Theft.”