Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that an Atlantic City man who formerly worked as a local administrator of the New Jersey Home Energy Assistance (HEA) Program has been indicted on charges he stole $9,062 from the program by filing fraudulent applications to obtain benefits.
Three women who were local administrators of the HEA Program were previously charged with fraud involving the program as a result of investigations by the Division of Criminal Justice, conducted with assistance from the Department of Community Affairs. Those three women worked for Tri-County Community Action, the local agency handling HEA applications in Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties. Two pleaded guilty to official misconduct, with one sentenced to five years in prison and the other also facing prison when she is sentenced. The charges are pending against the third woman. In addition, a man who owns a heating oil supply company in Paulsboro was sentenced to four years in prison.
According to Director Taylor, Marvin Laws, 55, of Atlantic City, was charged Friday, Oct. 8, in a state grand jury indictment with official misconduct (2nd degree), theft by deception (3rd degree), misapplication of entrusted property and property of government (3rd degree), tampering with public records or information (3rd degree), and falsifying records (4th degree).
Laws was employed as an HEA benefits manager by Atlantic Human Resources, a nonprofit contracted by the DCA to administer the HEA program in Atlantic County.