Mom Says Accused Passed Polygraph

NEW BRUNSWICK — The mother of a former high-ranking official, who became the seventh New Brunswick Parking authority staffer charged with theft after it was discovered that more than $100,000 in parking fees went missing, has responded to her son’s indictment by releasing a polygraph report suggesting his innocence.

Michael Lapidus, of Milltown, who had been employed as the financial operations manager for the parking authority, was charged with official misconduct, committing a pattern of official misconduct, theft, theft by failure to make the required disposition of property received, computer theft, misapplication of entrusted property and tampering with public records following an investigation by Lt. Daniel Del Bagno and Investigator Donald Heck, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jerry Lewis, a retired New Jersey State Police lieutenant who has conducted thousands of polygraph examinations, stated that he tested Lapidus in February and asked if he stole authority money or knew of anyone else who robbed any money.

The suspect — who was indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on Sept. 15 after being charged on Sept. 24, 2010 — showed no indications of deception when he was examined, according to a report in which Lewis stated, “it is my opinion that Michael Lapidus was being truthful when he answered all of the relevant questions.”

The defendant’s mother, Racquel (Rickey) Lapidus, sent a copy of the Lewis report to a long list of news reporters with a terse note saying, “Attached is the polygraph report for the NJPA Manager whom you all reported was indicted for charges of stealing parking fees.”

The NJTODAY.NET report noted that like all criminal defendants, Lapidus is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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