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Firefighter Plunders Orphans Charity

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AN EAST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY, FIREFIGHTER was indicted Friday and charged with stealing more than $400,000 from a firefighters’ widows and orphans charity in Essex County.

Frederick Donatelli, 46, was a 25-year veteran of the East Orange Fire Department and also served as the treasurer of the East Orange Firefighters Relief Fund.  He retired from the FD a few hours before the indictment was announced.

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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced the indictment
of former East Orange firefighter Frederick Donatelli.  (Star-Ledger)

The Star-Ledger reports:

Prosecutors say that between January 2011 and February 2013, Donatelli stole from a fund that provides support to firefighters in need and their families.

“This fund was established to assist widows and orphans of firefighters or firefighters who are facing extreme hardship,” said Deputy Chief Assistant Proseuctor Walter Dirkin, who is handling the prosecution. “Instead, this defendant used the money for his personal benefit.”

Donatelli’s alleged theft turned up during an annual audit of the relief fund, prosecutors say. The Essex County Prosecutor’s probe was led by investigator John Campo.

“This is very unfortunate but I am happy to know it is being dealt with in the proper manner,” said East Orange Fire Chief Charles Salley.

Later yesterday a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of theft, money laundering and misapplication of entrusted funds.  He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Hat tip:  Steve Clark

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