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.