Former firefighter gets five years probation; must forfeit city jobs

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MAYS LANDING – A former volunteer firefighter was sentenced to five years probation and required to pay $25,000 in restitution for stealing thousands of dollars from the Somers Point Volunteer Fire Company, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Friday, Sept. 21.

In February of 2010, a joint investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit and the Somers Point Police Department was initiated into the finances of the Somers Point Volunteer Fire Company after the fire company informed police that Wayne Bailey, 53, of Egg Harbor Township, may have stolen money from their account.

The investigation revealed that Bailey, a volunteer firefighter, who served as the chairman of the House Committee and the Bar Committee for the fire company, wrote a number of checks to himself from the House Committee account and also took an undisclosed amount of cash from the bar operated by the fire company.  

On May 21, 2010, Bailey was arrested and charged with theft by failure to make required disposition. On Aug. 20, 2012, Bailey pleaded guilty to third-degree theft by failure to make required disposition.

In accordance with the plea agreement, Bailey was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio to five years probation and required to pay $25,000 in restitution. Bailey must also forfeit his positions as fire inspector in Somers Point and dispatcher in Ventnor City, according to First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, who represented the state in the matter.

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