MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City government employee was arrested last week for official misconduct and the theft of money paid by members of the public to rent meeting rooms of the All Wars Memorial Building in Atlantic City, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
Concluding a several-month investigation, on Thursday, August 11, 2016, members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit arrested William P. Hadley, 56, of Shires Way, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, charged with Official Misconduct—a crime of the 2nd degree, and 5 counts of Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received.
The grading of the theft offenses included one (1) 3rd degree crime, three (3) 4th degree crimes, and one (1) Disorderly Persons offense, the grading of each count dependent upon the value of the theft.
Hadley turned himself into the Prosecutor’s Office in Mays Landing, where he was processed for the arrest, served a summons complaint, and released on his own recognizance, pending court.
The State alleges that Hadley, acting in his capacity as Building Coordinator of Atlantic City’s All Wars Memorial Building at 1510 Adriatic Avenue, Atlantic City—also known locally as the Old Soldier’s Home—accepted money orders given by citizens to rent meeting rooms of the All Wars Memorial Building, and deposited those money orders into his personal bank account. The total value of the thefts from the five separate victims is over $6500.00.
Hadley was suspended without pay.by the City of Atlantic City.
Hadley’s first appearance in court is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.
Official Misconduct, a 2nd degree crime, carries a potential penalty of 5-10 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. A 3rd degree conviction carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years in prison. The potential penalty for a 4th degree conviction is up to 18 months, and a Disorderly Person’s offense conviction can result in up to 6 months in jail.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.