NEW BRUNSWICK — Two former employees of the New Brunswick Parking Authority were convicted Monday of official misconduct for failing to report or prevent other employees from stealing thousands of dollars in parking fees, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced.
Emil Hanna, 57, and Emad Naguib, 50, both of Old Bridge, were found guilty by a jury that deliberated about two hours following a 13-day trial in New Brunswick before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz.
The two men could be incarcerated for as much as 10 years in a New Jersey state prison and must serve a mandatory minimum term of five years with no chance of parole when they are sentenced by the judge on March 25.
Hanna also was acquitted by the jury of 12 additional charges, and Naguib was found not guilty of 10 counts. The charges included counts of official misconduct, theft and misapplication of entrusted property.
Hanna was represented during the trial by Jonathan Petty, a defense attorney with the law firm of William Fetky of New Brunswick. Naguib was defended by Joseph Mazraani of North Brunswick.
During the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet presented evidence and testimony showing that Hanna, a security sergeant for the parking authority, and Naguib, a security officer, failed to report or prevent thefts committed by other employees between July 1, 2007, and June 15, 2010.
The defendants were arrested and charged following an investigation by Capt. J.T. Miller and Detective Amish Shah, both of the New Brunswick Police Department, and Lt. Daniel Del Bagno and Investigator Donald Heck, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
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