NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two former employees of the New Brunswick Parking Authority were convicted today of official misconduct for failing to report or prevent other employees from stealing thousands of dollars in parking fees, according to a statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
The two convicted are Old Bridge residents Emil Hanna, who worked for the authority since 2001 and made $30,304 annually, and Emad Naguib, who worked for the authority since 2003 and made $26,872.
Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz presided over their 13-day trial at Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick. The jury found them guilty after about two hours of deliberation.
"During the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet presented evidence and testimony showing that Hanna, a security sergeant for the parking authority, and Naguib, a security officer, failed to report or prevent thefts committed by other employees between July 1, 2007, and June 15, 2010," read the statement released shortly before 5pm today.
According to the prosecutor's office, the two men could be incarcerated for as long as 10 years in state prison and must serve a mandatory minimum term of five years with no chance of parole. Their sentencing is scheduled for March 25.
It could have been much worse for the two, who were facing a slew of other charges that the jury declined to convict them on.
According to the release, Hanna was acquitted by the jury of 12 additional charges, and Naguib was found not guilty of 10.
Those charges included counts of official misconduct, theft and misapplication of entrusted property.
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