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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *Press Release* ††† ††††††Date: February 4, 2009†††††††††††††† ††††††††









Union official pleads guilty to thefts


††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a former union official, employed at Middlesex County College in Edison, pleaded guilty yesterday, February 3, 2009, to a charge of stealing money from the union, and in a separate incident, admitted taking funds from the North Brunswick Township High School soccer team.

††††††††††† Deborah Gorden, (DOB 4/7/54) of North Brunswick, pleaded guilty to a count of misapplication of entrusted property, admitting she took approximately $6,300 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2269, while she served as treasurer for the union. At the time of the thefts, she was working at the Office of the College Registrar at the county college.

††††††††† She had been charged after an investigation revealed she was cashing checks from union funds. Included was a check for a personal loan, in the amount of approximately $4,500.

Investigator Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office Special Prosecutions Unit, and Capt. Christine Rutowski of the Middlesex County College Police Department began the investigation after newly-elected union officials uncovered financial improprieties and contacted the prosecutorís office.

Gorden also pleaded guilty to a theft charge, admitting she took $628.06 from the North Brunswick Township High School Soccer Parents Association between January 2006, and February 2006, while she served as treasurer of that organization.

An investigation determined she wrote three checks, two to herself and one to pay her utilities bill.

Under a plea agreement negotiated with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet, the defendant faces a probationary term of up to five years when she is sentenced April 24 in the Middlesex County Courthouse by Superior Court Judge Frederick DeVesa.

Two co-defendants accused in the misapplication of union funds have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting further court action.