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Release* †† ††††††Date: December 9, 2009
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† ††††††Date: December 9, 2009
Shuttle bus driver admits theft
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan today announced that a county shuttle bus driver admitted stealing cash from a donation box used by passengers who make voluntary contributions in appreciation of free rides to various destinations around the county.
††††††††† Mark B. Wolfthal (DOB 7/13/59) of the Parlin section of Sayreville waived his right to have his case presented to a grand jury in Middlesex County and pleaded guilty on December 8, 2009, to a count of fourth degree theft.
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††††††††† Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County
Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet, the defendant faces a probationary term
of up to five years. In addition, he will be required to repay the stolen cash,
must perform community service and will be forever banned from holding a public
Wolfthal is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge DeVesa on February 22, 2010.
Wolfthal was charged September 24, 2009, after an investigation by Sgt. Daniel DelBagno and Investigator Gary Charydczak, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office, revealed that the bus driver took cash from the donation box, which was affixed to the dashboard of the minibus he drove for Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT).
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Wolfthal began working for the county on September 24, 2001, and was earning $30,933 annually. He was suspended without pay after he was charged.