†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office

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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: November 9, 2012







Former school vice-principal charged with theft


††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, announced that a former New Brunswick adult school vice-principal was arrested today and charged with stealing at least $12,000 in student GED application fees.


††††††††† Patricia Ruggeri (DOB 10/1/77) of East Brunswick was arrested and charged with one count of theft for taking the student fees in various amounts between April 2011, and July 2012.


††††††††† She was arrested at her new place of employment in Camden. Bail has been set at $15,000.


††††††††† Ruggeri was charged after Investigator Lisa Collins of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined that Ruggeri took the funds while she worked for the New Brunswick Board of Education as the vice-principal of adult education.


††††††††† The investigation has shown at least $12,000 was taken, but the investigation is continuing to determine if additional funds are missing.


None of the students who paid application fees of $50 was denied adult education services due to the thefts.


The investigation began after Ruggeri took a leave of absence and resigned from her job at the beginning of the new school year in September.


During her leave, school officials detected discrepancies in student fees and contacted authorities.


Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Collins of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-3477.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, Ruggeri is presumed innocent until proven guilty.