Monroe Township, New Jersey Man Admits Embezzling $89,000 from North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Department
NEWARK, NJ—The former treasurer of the North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Department No. 3 (“NBVFD”) today admitted embezzling at least $89,000, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Craig J. Snediker, 40, of Monroe Township, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made is court:
As NBVFD’s treasurer, Snediker had the authority to deposit and withdraw money from NBVFD’s bank account, which held public funds and private donations. Snediker admitted that from March 25, 2014 through May 19, 2015, he used ATM machines at banks in Middlesex County, New Jersey, to access the funds for his personal expenses. He later concealed his actions by misrepresenting the account balance to the Township of North Brunswick. Overall, Snediker admitted that he withdrew between $89,000 and $92,986 without NBVFD’s authorization.
The wire fraud charge to which Snediker pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney José R. Almonte of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Division.