Public officials who overspend taxpayer money, whether they are elected officials or appointed heads of departments or divisions within government, can be charged criminally.
The goal of fighting public corruption and enforcing budget restraint is admirable, but for those caught up in allegations of wrongdoing, the penalties can be stiff.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:30-4, Disbursing Moneys, Incurring Obligations in Excess of Appropriations, those who order or vote for disbursements of public money, or incurring debts, beyond the public appropriation of their government entity can be charged with a crime of the fourth degree.
Conviction can result in a sentence of 18 months and a $10,000 fine.
For first offenders, there is at least a presumption of non-incarceration which may keep you out of prison, but when there are additional charges on an indictment, even that can’t be a certainty.
Public corruption charges are prosecuted vigorously, and the smear to your name can cripple you financially even if you win.
You have to get the best representation possible to fight back against charges of misusing public money.
Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.