- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state’s Board of Education by working a second job during the hours he was supposed to be tracking down truant students.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says Scott J. Farley pleaded guilty on Thursday to an information charging him with embezzling more than $5,000 from the BOE while working as an attendance liaison officer in Elizabeth.

Prosecutors say that during the course of two school years the 45-year-old Cranford resident admitted to working for the shipping and receiving department of a Mountainside-based corporation during hours that he was supposed to be conducting home visits related to excessive school absences by students.

He has agreed to pay $22,065 in restitution to the district as part of his plea agreement.

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