- Associated Press - Sunday, May 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a drug treatment counselor has admitted demanding cash payments from clients who were serving probation sentences in exchange for favorable reports on their progress.

Middlesex County prosecutors say Anthony Trimble pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking. They will recommend that the 54-year-old Howell Township man receive five years’ probation when he’s sentenced Sept. 11.

Trimble also will have to repay the roughly $1,500 he stole and will lose his counseling license.

Authorities say Trimble worked as a counselor at a clinic in Perth Amboy. They say he demanded money from three clients on separate occasions in late 2016.

The investigation that led to the charges started after one of the clients told his attorney about the demands. The lawyer then notified authorities.

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