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Former Kingston Fire Commissioner Accused of $722k Theft

Charles Hoens III implicated in a lawsuit alleging he stole $722,000 in taxpayer money from a joint fire district in South Brunswick and Franklin.

A former member of the Board of Commissioners for South Brunswick Fire District No. 3 in Kingston and Franklin Fire District No. 4 was implicated in a lawsuit alleging he stole $722,000 in taxpayer money, according to mycentraljersey.com.

In a lawsuit filed by the fire districts in Superior Court in New Brunswick last month, Charles Hoens III allegedly admitted to authorities that he stole the money, however Hoens has yet to charged with a crime and it's still uncertain the exact amount of funds that may have been stolen, according to the report. The suit stated that during Hoens' time as the district’s treasurer, hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments were made without any supporting documents, and that checks were cashed with no endorsement from the person being paid.

Hoens's attorney Darren Gelber of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, declined to comment to mycentraljersey.com on whether Hoens had admitted to the theft and said they were not aware a lawsuit had been filed. 

Click here to read the full report.
Concerned Citizen December 12, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Unfortunately this happens all to often. Public officials thinking they are above the law. If he really did steal that money he must pay the price. I am sick and tired of taxes and health care costs increasing so quickly, and we really have to go after those who are stealing our hard earned dollars.

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