NJ Treasurer Rips VFD for $700k

The treasurer of a New Jersey fire district has been charged with stealing $700,000 from the district. Charles Hoens III is facing felony theft offenses for swindling the funds from South Brunswick Fire District 3 between October 2009 and November 2012.

According to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Hoens wrote fire district checks and deposited them into his personal account. The amount stolen represents roughly two years worth of tax income for the district.

Hoens resigned and is being sued by the district for recovery of the funds. The district is also suing two banks, TD Bank and Bank of America, alleging they allowed the theft to occur.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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