NEW BRUNSWICK — Two former security officers for the New Brunswick Parking Authority have been sentenced for stealing a combined total of more than $100,000 in payments made by motorists to park in the city, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced.
Thevio Eliscar, 30, of New Brunswick was sentenced to serve seven years in a New Jersey State Prison, while Hicham Saadi, 39, also of New Brunswick was sentenced to serve 364 days at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick and was placed on probation for three years.
The sentences were imposed during separate hearings on Feb. 14 by Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
The judge ordered Eliscar to repay $45,000 he stole from the parking authority between May 1, 2009, and May 16, 2010. The judge required Saadi to repay $60,000 he took between November 2006 and May 16, 2010. Saadi surrendered $10,000 to police following his arrest on June 25, 2010 and paid another $10,000 toward his debt after he was sentenced.
The sentences were imposed after the defendants pleaded guilty following plea negotiations with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet.
As a consequence of the plea agreement, both men were ordered to resign their jobs and will never again hold public employment in New Jersey.
Eliscar and Saadi were among a group of parking authority employees that was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Amish Shah of the New Brunswick Police Department and Lt. Daniel Del Bagno and Investigator Donald Heck, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation began after information developed by the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation was handed over to local authorities by Alan A. Rockoff, executive director of the SCI.
Eliscar pleaded guilty on Aug. 5, 2010 to a count of official misconduct, admitting he took the money in various amounts from the parking authority on at least four occasions by disconnecting a video camera that kept surveillance over cash collected by the parking authority.
Saadi pleaded guilty on July 6, 2010 to a count of theft, admitting he also took money from the parking authority on various occasions.
The men said they gave portions of the stolen proceeds to other parking authority employees.
Other defendants, who are awaiting trial in the case, are presumed innocent until proven guilty. No trial dates have been set.
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