Mayor admits to stealing borough money

Ocean Gate Mayor Paul Kennedy admitted to an investigator that he took three checks for borough vehicles sold on a government real estate auction website, placed them in his own bank account and spent the money for personal expenses, according to a court document.

Kennedy also told Lindsay Llauget, an investigator with the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office, that he took coins from parking meters that operate from May through September and did not deposit the money into the account. borough bank, according to an affidavit of probable cause. .

It was Kennedy’s job in the borough to collect money from parking meters. And according to the affidavit, the Ocean Gate Police Department said Kennedy was the primary contact person for GovDeals.coma website where the borough sold surpluses and seized property.

Ocean Gate Police received a tip from an unnamed source about the alleged thefts and the department notified the prosecutor’s office, according to the affidavit.

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Kennedy was charged last week with official misconduct and theft.

According to the affidavit, Kennedy sold three vehicles on GovDeals.coma 2008 Honda Pilot for $6,031 in April 2017 and two unspecified vehicles in February 2019, one for $2,506.75 and another for $1,119.25.

All three checks were sent to Kennedy by GovDeals Inc. and were endorsed on the reverse by Kennedy and deposited into his TD bank account, according to the affidavit.

Kennedy was also in possession on March 18 of the change most recently removed from the parking meters, the affidavit states.

Kennedy is also accused of selling $250 worth of borough furniture – a “conference style” table – on his wife’s Facebook Marketplace account.

Kennedy did not respond to requests for comment. His attorney, Bill Cunningham, did not immediately return a call left at his Toms River office.

Last week, Ocean County Deputy Administrator Michael J. Fiure confirmed that Kennedy is also employed as a carpenter in the county government’s buildings and grounds department.

Kennedy was suspended without pay on Friday.

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