Easy Money Leads to Easy Arrest
THE FORMER CHIEF AND TREASURER OF A NEW JERSEY volunteer ambulance squad was arrested Monday and charged with hindering apprehension, third- and fourth-degree theft, witness tampering, obstruction and unsworn falsification. The case will be presented to a Burlington County grand jury for indictment.
James Daly, 42, was the Chief of the Beverly-Edgewater Park Emergency Medical Squad when, in May 2011, the treasurer became gravely ill and Daly took over the duties of the treasurer. The Beverly-Edgewater Park Squad is a volunteer organization that has paid administrative officers and 15 part-time employees. Within a few weeks of taking over the books, Daly phoned the accounting firm that handles their payroll and told them that he had just been given a $15,000 yr. raise above his current salary of $53,560 to $68,500. Next he began using the Squad's credit account to purchase gasoline for his personal cars.
When the county prosecutor's office began investigating Daly, he produced a letter purportedly written by another member stating that Daly had been given the go-ahead to use the county gas by the ill, and since deceased former treasurer. That letter was soon determined to be a forgery.
Following his arrest, Daly was released on $25,000 bond. He was dismissed from the squad's rolls in November 2011.
The Burlington County Times has more details HERE.
Hat tip: Ron Y.
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