June 12, 1993 |
Priscilla Gilbert had testified that she helped the underprivileged in Monroe Township for personal satisfaction, not for the money. But a Gloucester County jury determined yesterday that sometime during her 10 years as township welfare director, Gilbert got greedy. Gilbert, 53, was convicted of stealing welfare funds by cashing the checks of intended recipients and pocketing the money. Police have alleged she took more than $160,000 from 1987 through May 1991. Gilbert, who earned $13,000 a year, was fired in July 1991 after a routine audit revealed she had co- endorsed numerous welfare checks, a practice an auditor described in testimony as "unusual.
June 2, 1990 |
The sentencing of Howard Caldwell, former head of the Camden Police Department's vice unit, was postponed yesterday, when the defense attorney said he had just learned that one of the prosecution's witnesses had a criminal record. Caldwell, 39, was convicted March 1 on one count of official misconduct in connection with a charge that he stole a car intended for city use. The charge carries a prison term of five to 10 years. The witness, Ann Gudanowski, is a clerk who handles records for abandoned cars for the city Police Department.
January 27, 2004 |
Instead of making sure prisoners were behaving behind bars, two Burlington County corrections officers were taking money to bring them alcohol, marijuana, cell phones and other items, according to charges brought by a state grand jury. James H. Dowd and Vincenzo A. Perricone smuggled contraband inside the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly for at least $200 in cash, according to the indictment announced yesterday by the state Attorney General's Office. Officers are forbidden from bringing any items from the outside to inmates, regardless of whether a fee is involved.
February 13, 2013
TWO former teachers and an ex-principal pleaded guilty Monday for their roles in a sex scandal that rocked a Camden County high school last year. The teachers at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede, Jeff Logandro and Dan Michielli, were accused of having sexual relationships with students. The principal, Catherine DePaul, was accused of not immediately reporting the relationships to police. Logandro, 32, and Michielli, 27, pleaded guilty to official misconduct; DePaul, 55, pleaded guilty to failure to report a crime.
September 13, 2002 |
The former business administrator for the Somerdale Board of Education was charged yesterday with official misconduct and misappropriation of funds, authorities said. James J. Hayden, 45, of Voorhees, is accused of spending Somerdale Board of Education money for his personal use between July 2001 and May 2002. Hayden is the board secretary and school business administrator for Magnolia. He is alleged to have used the school district's debit card and checks to pay for hotel rooms for his family's vacations, car repairs for his personal vehicle, and gifts for his children.
June 16, 2007 |
An employee of the Cherry Hill municipal court system was charged yesterday with fixing traffic tickets for terror suspect Dritan Duka, one of the so-called Fort Dix Six, authorities said. Debra H. Benecke, 48, of Pennsauken, was charged with official misconduct and tampering with records for altering two traffic tickets for Duka, said Bill Shralow, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Duka, 28, is one of six men in federal custody since May 7 after being accused of plotting a paramilitary attack on Fort Dix. Cherry Hill police issued tickets to Duka on Oct. 16 for making an illegal U-turn and driving without a license.
September 5, 1991 |
A Camden County Jail guard was indicted yesterday on charges that he sold heroin to inmates who used it to briefly run a drug ring within the prison, authorities said. Ciro Castro, 27, of the 2800 block of Sherman Avenue, Camden, is charged with a total of 12 counts of official misconduct and distribution of heroin. According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Castro supplied heroin to two inmates on three occasions in June and July. On each occasion, authorities said, Castro received $1,000 at the home of the mother of one of the inmates, Luis Andino, who is also charged with possession of heroin in the indictment.
September 30, 2004 |
A Camden County police officer accused of taking $1,800 from a business where he moonlighted as a security guard was charged Tuesday with theft and official misconduct, authorities said. Patrolman Craig DiPatri, 33, is accused of taking a bank deposit bag filled with cash from the offices of the Berg Furniture Warehouse in Barrington early Sept. 3, Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P. Sarubbi said. DiPatri, a nine-year veteran of the Barrington Police Department, was on duty and in uniform at the time of the alleged theft.
November 20, 2010 |
A suspended Camden police officer, already indicted for allegedly harassing his ex-wife, has been arrested again, authorities said. Shane Sampson, 41, of Williamstown, was taken into custody at his home Thursday and charged with official misconduct after improperly requesting private motor-vehicle records of people associated with his former wife, authorities said. The record checks, conducted on Oct. 20 and Nov. 4, were not done for police business, authorities said. Sampson has been suspended from the force without pay since April after a 2009 incident in which he allegedly used his position as a police officer to have his ex-wife, Nooshin Sampson, wrongly arrested over a child-custody dispute.
August 13, 2004 |
A Gloucester County swimming coach was charged yesterday with aggravated sexual assault after investigators learned he had engaged in an "ongoing sexual relationship" with a girl swimmer under his supervision, authorities said. John T. Schwerzler, 35, of Sewell, resigned Tuesday from his position as head coach of the USA Swimming team at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology, said Assistant Prosecutor Steven S. Sand, spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.