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Official admits stealing from nonprofit that helps autistic

January 23, 2019

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The former chief financial officer for a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with autism has admitted stealing nearly $115,000 from the group for his personal use.

Peter Pflug pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft by unlawful taking. The 56-year-old Freehold man faces a three-year state prison term when he’s sentenced March 22 and must pay full restitution.

Pflug served with New Horizons in Autism, a Monmouth County-based nonprofit based in Monmouth County that receives most of the money for its programs through a contract with the state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Investigators say that between June 2015 and February 2018, Pflug used the nonprofit’s accounts for approximately $114,917 in personal expenditures. They say he frequently recorded the items and services as purchases made for group homes it operated.