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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: November 15, 2013

 

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Sayreville police officer charged with housing authority theft

 

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department announced today that a borough police officer has been charged with stealing more than $20,000 in rent paid by the Sayreville Housing Authority.

 

Stephen Gulick (DOB 12/19/62) was charged on November 14, 2013 with a count of theft by deception for taking the money from the housing authority between February 2, 2012 and July 8, 2013.

 

Gulick was charged following an investigation by Lt. Timothy Brennan of the Sayreville Police Department and Investigator Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.

 

It was determined that Gulick collected federal money to subsidize the rent paid by a female tenant at a property he owned in Sayreville.

 

He subsequently married the tenant, who then became ineligible for the housing assistance, but continued to receive and cash checks paid by the housing authority on behalf of the woman.

 

The investigation further showed that Gulick collected 18 checks totaling $20,466 during the period the woman was ineligible to receive assistance.

 

Gulick, a member of the Sayreville Police Department for 14 years, was charged after he surrendered at the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.

 

He was released on his own recognizance by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Brennan of the Sayreville Police Department at (732) 525-5426, or Investigator Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-8848.

 

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