RAHWAY — The owner of a local chimney service company arrested last week with his third charge of theft by deception is the brother in-law of a city Board of Education member. Until his latest arrests, Rodney MacQuirk had been employed as a part-time school custodian while on probation.
MacQuirk, 47, of Rahway, was convicted in 2011 for the same offense. He was recently arrested for the second time in two weeks, marking at least three times in the past three years that MacQuirk allegedly bilked customers by accepting money without performing work.
Carlos Garay, who was appointed to fill an unexpired school board term and is unopposed in the Nov. 5 election for the one year remaining on that position, confirmed that the suspect is his brother in law.
According to an agenda for the Oct. 15 school board meeting, MacQuirk was slated to be re-appointed to the 2013-14 Substitute Custodian List.
“He was employed but I believe now, he’s not employed,” said Garay, whose family has long had a distinguished reputation in the city.
Although he sounded uncomfortable discussing the matter, Garay stressed that, “There was no wrongdoing on my part nor on the Board of Education’s.”
Garay, director of business development at a strategic and technology consulting provider, asserted that he was not on the school board when MacQuirk was originally hired.
Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced only days before the scheduled board meeting that MacQuirk was charged with third-degree theft by deception for the second time in two weeks.
MacQuirk allegedly took a $750 deposit from a 64-year-old Rahway woman and promised that his company, Sweepers Chimney Service, would perform work that, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Ann Luvera, was not completed.
MacQuirk’s wife, Janet MacQuirk, who is an accountant at the Rahway Housing Authority, said, “There are two sides to every story,” and referred inquiries to her husband’s lawyer.
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