A Randolph New Jersey man who was formerly employed as a Morris County court official has been sentenced to state prison time for theft of civil judgment monies.
The 54-year-old suspect’s job title was “special civil part officer,” which is also known as a constable. He was employed with the Morris County court system. Among the suspect’s job duties were making sure that money collected in civil judgments was eventually turned over to creditors or the parties who secured the civil judgments.
The suspect was able to keep a percentage of the civil judgments as a commission. However, the suspect was caught keeping far in excess of the amounts to which he was entitled. According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspect secretly kept $112,875 between January 2010 and April 2012.
Court officials learned about the long-term theft while conducting an audit in 2012. The suspect was later placed under arrest and charged with theft by deception and official misconduct.
In June 2015, the suspect appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown and pleaded guilty to the theft charges. While entering his guilty plea, the suspect stated that he had “mismanaged the account.”
Now the suspect has been sentenced on the theft charges. The suspect recently appeared in the same courtroom, where the superior court judge sentenced him to serve three years in NJ State Prison. The suspect will be required to serve at least two years in state prison before he gains parole eligibility.
The suspect will also have to pay restitution for the entire $112K that was stolen.
For additional information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Randolph Man Gets 3 Years for $113K Theft.”