Former Spotswood CFO, Business Administrator Charged
Friday, October 11, 2013 • 6:36pm
SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Former Spotswood Chief Financial Officer Barbara Petren and former Spotswood Business Administrator Ronald Fassanello have been charged by Spotswood Police of making false entries of borough's public records.
According to reports in The Star-Ledger and Asbury Park Press, the charges stem from an ongoing investigation into falsifying meter readings in January. Charges were also brought against two meter readers, who allegedly were aware of the false readings being recorded and inaccurate bills being sent to residents and doing nothing to prevent it. All of these charges are considered disorderly persons offenses.
Petren had been suspended earlier this year while the investigation had been ongoing. She subsequently filed suit against the borough and Mayor Nicholas Poliseno, alleging that she was suspended without cause, and further alleging that the charges were part of revenge motive due to Petren's investigation of misuse of funds by the fire department back in 2008, whuile Poliseno was first deputy fire chief, and then later chief, until he was elected mayor. The charges were filed in advance of an expected ruling next week by a New Brunswick judge on the pending suit. The suspension initially was without pay, but later changed to with pay, as the officials suspending her were not in a position to do so without pay.
Fassanello's contract was up in January and not renewed.
Neither Petren, Fassinello, nor Mayor Poliseno or his office responded when reached for comment.