NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—Township fire official Craig Snediker has resigned his public position after pleading guilty to embezzling at least $89,000 from the volunteer fire company where he served as Treasuerer.
Because Snediker used ATM’s to embezzle from the North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company #3, he faced federal felony charges, and could face 20 years in jail.
In addition to the volunteer treasurer position at the #3 company, Snediker was also paid $73,000 annually to serve as the fire marshal for the entire township. He had been with the Township since 2000.
“Today I asked for and received the resignation of Craig Snediker, North Brunswick Township Fire Marshal,” wrote Mayor Francis “Mack” Womack, in an emailed statement on September 2.
“His guilty plea in the United States District Court yesterday afternoon mandate his immediate separation from the Township,” said Womack.
One day earlier, Snediker pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges before Judge Freda Wolfson, and was released on a $100,000 bond.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
As we reported, the Judge in the case is a resident of North Brunswick, a community which recently saw the largest fire in its history on July 22. Snediker is a resident of Monroe Township, where he coaches a soccer team.
Snediker’s name still appears on the Township website, which lists him as the Fire Marshall. It was removed from the fire company’s website after the plea deal.
He was previously listed as a “life member” of the fire company, with 22 years experience.
The Volunteer Fire Company #3 did not respond to an inquiry about the matter sent through their website.
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