MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — Eight men were charged Wednesday in relation to widespread corruption in a southern New Jersey town’s sewerage authority, LoHud.com reported.
The employees allegedly stole equipment and used taxpayer dollars to buy consumer electronics and other personal items.
An audit in December found that the Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority was missing a piece of earth-moving equipment, which police later found on the Scot Run, Pa., property of a father of two sewage authority workers.
A broader investigation found that some of the men had a private business on the side working as sewer contractors for a hotel. They performed the work on authority time and used authority vehicles and parts for it.
Other employees were charged with ordering $44,000 worth of products for their personal use — GPS systems, stereos, vacuum cleaners, all-terrain vehicle tires and George Foreman grills among them — and billing the authority.
"The Authority will not tolerate the type of activities identified today, and has ordered the immediate implementation of additional administrative and operational initiatives to ensure accountability, checks and balances, and ethical behavior in all authority activities," the five-member Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority board said in a statement.