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Another Treasurer Caught Dipping

Didn't Even Try to Hide It

NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE have arrested the treasurer of the Mine Hill Fire Department and charged her with 2nd-degree theft by unlawful taking.  Lisa Ayers, 39, is accused of stealing at least $75,000 and using the funds for personal use including mortgage and car payments.

The State Attorney General's Office stated in a press release:

It is alleged that from November 1, 2010 through January 22, 2012, Ayers used her position of trust as treasurer and her control over the finances and bank account of the Mine Hill Fire Department to steal more than $75,000 in fire department funds. She allegedly wrote checks to "cash" from the fire department’s bank account and later cashed them. In addition, she allegedly wrote checks from the department’s account directly to pay her expenses, including checks written to the banks holding her home and car loans.

The second-degree theft charge carries a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $150,000. The complaint is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Because the charge is an indictable offense, it will be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.

The Daily Record has the STORY.

Hat tip:  Ron Y.

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  • mr618

    This is why our department has some pretty tough regs, compared to the ones you mention. The treasurer may sign checks for less than $50.00; $50-$250, the treasurer and chief both sign, over $250, the chief, treasurer, and the president of the FD trustees all sign. We have annual audits by an outside auditor, and a secondary audit — bya different auditor — if there are any discrepancies over $100.00.