Five Ex-School Custodians Admitted To PTI Program

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Five former employees of the South Brunswick Board of Education have been admitted to a pre-trial probationary program to resolve charges that they each stole $450 from an account that paid clothing and cleaning allowances, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced Thursday.

The five, all South Brunswick residents, are required under the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program to pay back the money, forfeit their jobs, and never again hold any public employment.

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If they avoid any additional criminal charges for the next 18 months, the cases against them will dismissed under an agreement approved on Oct. 1 in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa.

The five custodians, Anthony Ferraro, 45, Mary DeVito, 54, Kenneth Kazanski, 51, Martin Cantu, 43 and Thomas Griggs, 62, are all residents of South Brunswick.

They each were charged on June 3 with fraud and theft by deception after an investigation by Detective Sgt. James Stoddard and Detective Ron Seaman, both of the South Brunswick Police Department, determined that the defendants submitted receipts to the township school board for clothing they never purchased.


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