Our client was one of six State officials indicted by the Division of Criminal Justice for allegedly accepting gifts and services from a contract vendor. The charges contained in the indictment alleged that our client committed official misconduct by accepting $360 in spa treatments form a vendor, and failing to report the “gift”. After hearing oral arguments, Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Kelly dismissed the charges against all of the State officials. The State of New Jersey appealed the decision.
The Appellate Court agreed with the Superior Court’s finding that there was no basis for criminal charges against our client, although they reinstated charges against several of the co-defendants. Our client, who had been suspended from her job for two years, was reinstated and received back pay and restoration of all benefits accrued during the suspension.