- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - The former manager of a southern New Jersey park-and-ride facility is headed to prison for stealing nearly $150,000 over three years.

Ocean County prosecutors say Robert Pentz received a four-year sentence on Friday. The 41-year-old Toms River man had pleaded guilty to official misconduct in July.

Prosecutors say Pentz stole money from ATMs he was supposed to be filling as part of his duties at the Toms River Parking Authority’s park-and-ride facility. The thefts were discovered during an audit in 2013, and investigators determined that Pentz took more than $146,640 overall.

Pentz’s attorney says his client took the funds to cover debts caused by a gambling addiction.

Pentz has been ordered to repay the funds he stole.

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