An Egg Harbor Township man is charged with theft and forgery in connection to stealing pension monies from a deceased police officer’s children, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Mark Johnson was accused of stealing pension money from two minor daughters of retired Township of Hamilton Police Sgt. James Puccio, upon his death. Following Puccio’s death, Johnson was living in the home with the victims.
The stolen money is in excess of $22,000, from a total of six pension checks. The money was never turned over to the victims and all of the money was deposited into accounts bearing the name of “Mark Johnson” and/or his business.
Johnson, 58, was charged on a summons on Aug. 13, 2018, with the following:
2 counts of third degree Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received
4 counts of fourth degree Forgery
4 counts of fourth degree Uttering
The arrest is the result of a cooperative investigation between the ACPO Financial Crimes Unit and the Township of Hamilton Police Department.