Truant Officer Charged With Playing Hooky

ELIZABETH — A high school friend of Superintendent of Schools Pablo Munoz has been indicted on charges of embezzling from the taxpayer-funded district by collecting a paycheck for time spent working for a private company in Mountainside.

FBI Special Agent Gregory Sheehy swore out a complaint stating the Scott Farley, 43, of Cranford, worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for the Mountainside company earning $16 an hour, while he also collected paychecks for his job as an attendance officer for the Elizabeth Board of Education.

Farley’s scheme cost $22,065 to taxpayers and Elizabeth’s school budget is largely subsidized by state and federal funding, according to Sheehy

Farley was a friend of district Superintendent Pablo Muñoz and a school spokesman claimed the two did not socialize, adding the superintendent was not personally involved in Farley’s hiring.

However, Farley appears in a photo sitting next to Muñoz at a controversial fundraising dinner held in 2010.

Earlier this year, the president of the school board was indicted on charges of lying on applications to obtain free or reduced lunch for her two children.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

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