NEWARK – A Rahway man who worked as an assistant conductor with New Jersey Transit, pleaded guilty last week to stealing $3,500 from his former employer, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced.
On Aug. 6, Terance Campbell, 34, of Rahway pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception for failing to make required deposits of $3,500, one count of official misconduct and one count of a pattern of official misconduct.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Brandon Minde who handled the case, between January 2007 and Sept. 30, 2009, Campbell was reselling bundles of New Jersey Transit train tickets and keeping the cash. Campbell was employed at NJ Transit for seven years and was earning $54,330.
“When a public employee commits a crime related to his job, he creates two victims – his employer and society. With today’s admission of guilt, forfeiture of employment and pending state prison sentence, Mr. Campbell will now be held accountable to both,’’ said Minde.
Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 17 before Judge Torkwase Sekou.
In addition to an 18-month sentence with a 12-month period of parole ineligibility, the plea agreement permanently bars Campbell from holding a public job and requires him to pay $3,500 in restitution to NJ Transit.
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