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DPW worker pleads guilty to theft of gasoline


Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan today announced that an employee of the Monroe Township Department of Public Works has pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing gasoline from the township for his personal use.


Earl Wilson, (DOB 7/12/57) of Jamesburg, admitted a single count of theft during a hearing Friday, March 13, 2009, before Superior Court Judge Frederick DeVesa in the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.


Wilson waived his right to a review of the case by a Middlesex County grand jury and pleaded guilty to an accusation.


He was arrested and charged July 9, 2008, after an investigation by Monroe Township police Sgt. Peter Piro determined the defendant had used a five-gallon gas can to take a total of 60 gallons of fuel, valued at $213, from the public works department on 12 separate occasions between April 15, 2008, and July 9, 2008.


Under a plea agreement negotiated with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet, Wilson faces a jail term of 364 days at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick when he is sentenced on May 29, 2009, by Judge DeVesa.


In addition, Wilson, who worked for the township for 12 years and was serving as foreman for the public works department, must forfeit his job and pay the township $213 for the gasoline. He also will be forbidden to hold any public job in the future.