NJ Tax Collector Stole $824k in Public Tax Payments, Banned from Public Service

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LOPATCONG, NJ – press release – Rachellyn Mosher (nee: Edinger), was the Municipal Tax Collector for White, Harmony, and Lopatcong Townships. On March 11, 2021, Ms. Mosher was indicted by a Hunterdon County Grand Jury after a two-year investigation into the misappropriation of approximately $824,000 in property tax money paid by residents between 2013 and 2018.

On March 24, 2021, Ms. Mosher plead guilty in Hunterdon County Superior Court to one count of Official Misconduct, N.J.S.A. 2C:30-2, to encompass the theft of the money from all three towns. The terms of Ms. Mosher’s plea agreement are as follows: Five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison subject to a four (4) year mandatory period of parole ineligibility, Restitution in the amount of $924,813.28 which includes the total theft amount and expenses incurred by the municipalities as a result of the theft, Lifetime ban on public employment, Complete forfeiture of pension: contributions made by the State will be reclaimed by the State, personal contributions will be surrendered as a credit against the restitution amount.

Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2021, at 130PM.

The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office conducted the investigation alongside the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption North Unit.

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