Ocean Gate Mayor Paul Kennedy admitted to an investigator that he took a few checks for borough cars sold on a govt property auction web-site, put them into his lender account and spent the revenue on individual fees, in accordance to a court doc.
Kennedy also informed Lindsay Llauget, an investigator for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Business, that he took cash from the parking meters that are in procedure from May well to September and had not deposited the dollars into the borough’s financial institution account, in accordance to an affidavit of probable induce.
It was Kennedy’s work in the borough to accumulate the parking meter cash. And in accordance to the affidavit, the Ocean Gate Law enforcement Section mentioned Kennedy was the main contact individual for GovDeals.com, a web-site in which the borough sold surplus and seized residence.
Ocean Gate law enforcement gained a suggestion from an unnamed supply on the alleged thefts and the office notified the Prosecutor’s Business, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Kennedy bought 3 autos on GovDeals.com, a person a 2008 Honda Pilot for $6,031 in April 2017 and two unspecified automobiles in February 2019, just one for $2,506.75 and a different for $1,119.25.
The a few checks have been despatched to Kennedy from GovDeals Inc. and were being endorsed on the back again by Kennedy and deposited into his TD Lender account, according to the affidavit.
Kennedy was also in possession on March 18 of the modify most not long ago taken out of the parking meters, the affidavit states.
Kennedy also is accused of advertising $250 well worth of borough furnishings — a “meeting style” desk — on his wife’s Fb Marketplace account
Kennedy has not responded to requests for remark. His attorney, Invoice Cunningham, has not returned a get in touch with left at his Toms River place of work.
Very last 7 days, Assistant Ocean County Administrator Michael J. Fiure confirmed that Kennedy is also used as a carpenter in the county government’s Setting up and Grounds Department.
Kennedy was suspended without shell out March 18.
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This write-up originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Ocean Gate mayor admits to stealing borough funds, affidavit says