- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - Three former New Jersey school officials and a fourth person were indicted Tuesday for allegedly orchestrating a scheme to get free child care services for a child belonging to one of them.

The officials worked for the Brick school district in Ocean County.

Indicted on Tuesday were former superintendent Walter Uszenski, 63, of Brick; former interim director of public services Andrew Morgan, 68, of Edison; and Andrew Morgan’s wife, former academic officer Lorraine Morgan, 58, also of Edison.

Also charged was Uszenski’s daughter, Jacqueline Halsey, 37, of Brick.

The four face counts including official misconduct and theft by deception.

The Ocean County prosecutor’s office says Andrew Morgan was paid $17,500 to do a seven-page audit of the district’s special services section that recommended the district provide services to special needs students in-district rather than paying to send them outside the district.

Uszenski, who allegedly knew Morgan previously, recommended that the school board hire Morgan as interim director. Prosecutors say one of Morgan’s first official acts was to approve a fraudulent special education plan for Halsey’s child. They say Lorraine Morgan approved unnecessary counseling services for the child.

The child is said to have received services valued at more than $50,000.

Attorneys for Uszenski, Halsey and Andrew Morgan didn’t return after-hours messages seeking comment. It wasn’t immediately known if Lorraine Morgan had retained an attorney.


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