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Newark mayor’s ex-campaign treasurer jailed for embezzlement

October 24, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former treasurer for Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s election campaign is headed to prison for embezzling more than $220,000 by writing phony checks in the names of consultants and vendors for services that were never performed.

Frederick Murphy Jr. received a 30-month sentence Wednesday and must pay restitution of $277,826. The 56-year-old Bloomfield resident had pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud, bank fraud and tax evasion charges.

Murphy served the Baraka campaign between January 2014 and March 2017.

Federal prosecutors say Murphy cashed the checks with the forged signature of the payees and his own as a double endorsement. He then reported them as legitimate campaign expenditures in quarterly filings with the state.

Murphy also under-reported $102,954 in embezzled campaign funds on his personal income tax return for 2016.

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