Two Men Charged In Linden Knights Of Columbus Thefts

LINDEN — Two Union County men were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on one count of third degree theft, after it was revealed they allegedly stole more than $60,000 from the Linden Knights of Columbus and Columbian Club, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Jose Rosado, 42, and Joseph Verrinder, 37, were both members of the organization and according to the investigation allegedly stole money from the club’s credit cards and bank accounts over the course of three years for personal use. The Columbian Club is a social club that operates within the Knights of Columbus hall.

The theft was discovered in January 2011 following an internal audit, said Romankow. The club’s leadership immediately contacted the Linden Police Department and an investigation was launched. The case was handed over to the Prosecutor’s Special Prosecution Unit and both men were arrested and charged on Nov. 10, 2011.

Both were long time members of the club. Verrinder was the Grand Knight of the chapter and Rosado served as operational manager and treasurer, said Romankow. Both are no longer affiliated with the organization.

Third degree crimes carry a maximum of five years in prison.

The charges against the defendants are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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