Man stole $257K from child cen­tre to buy Maserati, fur coat

Cape Breton Post - - World -

NEWARK, N.J. — A for­mer of­fi­cial who stole more than $250,000 from a New Jer­sey agency that pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren and used the money to buy a Maserati and ex­pen­sive fur coat is now headed to prison.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors say Robert Mays re­ceived an 18month sen­tence on Mon­day and must pay $257,418 in resti­tu­tion. He had pleaded guilty in June 2016 to wire fraud.

Mays ad­mit­ted rais­ing his own salary with­out ap­proval by nearly $60,000 af­ter work­ing for Jer­sey City Child Devel­op­ment Cen­ters for two months. The 40-year-old Jer­sey City also cre­ated fake board of di­rec­tors’ min­utes to make it look like his raise had been ap­proved. Pros­e­cu­tors say he also ad­mit­ted tak­ing money from the com­pany’s bank ac­count to pay for the car and coat and other ex­penses.

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