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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: December 19, 2013

 

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Ex-fire commissioner charged with theft

 

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a former South Brunswick fire commissioner was charged today with stealing nearly $700,000 from South Brunswick Fire District 3 over a three-year period while he served as treasurer.

 

Charles Hoens III (DOB 3/13/53) of South Brunswick was charged with one count of theft after he surrendered to the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office following a year-long investigation.

 

Investigator Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined that Hoens wrote checks from the fire district in various amounts between October 2009 and November 2012 and deposited the funds in personal accounts. The amount of the theft totaled $695,759.46.

 

Acting Prosecutor Carey described the investigation as detailed and extensive. ďCorruption on any level will not be tolerated.  In addition to prosecuting those who violate their duty to serve the public, when money is stolen from taxpayers, we will work diligently in our attempts to trace and recover the ill-gotten gains,Ē Acting Prosecutor Carey said.    

 

Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz, sitting in New Brunswick, set bail at $50,000.

 

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-8848.

 

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Hoens is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.