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Little Egg Harbor Township Committeeman accused of wrongfully collecting unemployment March 3, 2010

Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced today that Little Egg Harbor Township Committeeman Scott Stites has been charged with one count of theft by deception in excess of $500 for allegedly obtaining unemployment benefits from November 2008 through November 2009 by fraud.  Stites is also charged with one count of making an unsworn falsification (fourth degree) because he is alleged to have negotiated an unemployment check claiming that he met all the eligibility requirements for receiving unemployment benefits.

The case was the result of a cooperative investigation conducted by the Little Egg Harbor Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.  That along with the speed in which this was uncovered leads me to believe that this was the result of a tip to local police which may have been politically motivated.  Normally, these cases are first uncovered by Department of  Labor who decides if and when to prosecute.  If often takes quite a while for these cases to unravel.  This case didn’t.  Should be interesting.

Story is here.

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