Saturday, November 22, 2014

OPRA lawsuit seeks info on investigation of Margate firefighter.

Update: Judge Johnson's December 17, 2014 order, which gives the Prosecutor's Office until March 9, 2015 to wrap up its investigation, is on-line here.
On Monday, December 15, 2014, at 10 a.m., Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson will hear my case against the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office seeking access to records related to a Margate firefighter's alleged misappropriation of approximately $50,000 from the local chapter of the Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA).

Documents from my case, Paff v. Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office et al, Docket No. ATL-L-5747-14, filed by West Berlin attorney Donald M. Doherty, are on-line here.

After receiving an anonymous tip, I originally requested information on the alleged theft from the City of Margate.  In response, Margate's lawyer confirmed "that there is currently an investigation being conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office re a Margate Firefighter" and that "no charges have been filed to date."

In response to my follow up request to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen E. Bond stated that she could not "confirm or deny the existence of such an investigation" and that if an investigation did exist, "any additional information responsive to your request . . . would remain confidential."

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