- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - The former business administrator for a New Jersey school district has admitted stealing money.

Dennis Kotch pleaded guilty Monday to two counts each of official misconduct and theft by unlawful taking and single counts of misapplication of entrusted property and insurance fraud. Monmouth County prosecutors will recommend that the 41-year-old Wall resident receive a probation term when he’s sentenced Aug. 4.

Kotch also must pay the Shore Regional high school district $30,020 in restitution. He resigned in May 2016, shortly after the district told authorities he may have been involved in stealing district money.

Prosecutors say Kotch unilaterally hired a paid intern from January 2015 through May 2016 to do work that was his responsibility. The intern did most of the work remotely from Florida where she was attending college.

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