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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: July 3, 2013
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
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Former parking authority official admits role in thefts
††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a former security director for the New Brunswick Parking Authority pleaded guilty today to a count of official misconduct, admitting that he took more than $3,000 from security guards to ignore their repeated thefts of cash that was being stolen from payments made at two city parking decks.
Lawrence Sorbino (DOB 5/24/66) of the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick pleaded guilty to the charge as his trial was about to start in New Brunswick before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz.
the terms of a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Acting Assistant
Prosecutor Douglas Herring, the defendant will be sentenced to serve up to five
years in a
is scheduled to be sentenced in
The sentencing date was set after Sorbino told the court today that he regularly took bribes from two co-defendants, Emil Hanna (DOB 3/23/55) and Emad Naguib, (DOB 9/14/62) both of Old Bridge, to overlook their thefts and allow them to continue stealing thousands of dollars from the parking authority.
Following a 13-day trial, Hanna and Naguib were convicted on January 28, 2013 of official misconduct for failing to report or prevent others from stealing parking fees.
Judge Ferencz subsequently dismissed the conviction. The ruling is currently being appealed by the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.
Sorbino, Hanna and Naguib were among seven parking authority employees who were charged three years ago during an intensive investigation of the theft of more than $100,000 that was paid in parking fees.
Three other employees charged in the case pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.
Eliscar (DOB 8/13/80) of
Saadi, (DOB 4/10/71) also of
M. Williams (DOB 9/24/77) of the
Wiliams worked as a dispatch supervisor. Eliscar and Saadi were employed as security officers.
The seventh defendant, Michael Lapidus (DOB10/21/76) of Milltown, was allowed to enter a pretrial intervention probationary program known as PTI. Official misconduct and related charges will be dismissed if he successfully completes the program. Lapidus had been employed as the parking authorityís financial operations manager.
The investigation into the thefts began with an anonymous tip and resulted in the arrest of the seven individuals.
The investigation by Lt. Daniel Del Bagno and Investigator Donald Heck, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office, determined that parking fees paid by motorists to park in the Ferren and Lower Church Street decks in New Brunswick were being stolen by the security officers, who paid various amounts to supervisors to overlook the thefts, which occurred between July 2007 and June 2010.