Former Florham Park Board of Education President Pleads Guilty to Theft

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that John MacFarlane, 52 years old, former financial controller of the Music Shop located in Boonton, pleaded guilty to one count of third degree Theft pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a.  MacFarlane is a former resident of Florham Park, New Jersey and currently resides in San Tan Valley, Arizona.  

Between February 26, 2007 and March 4, 2011, MacFarlane stole money from the Music Shop’s checking account and used the monies to make payments on his personal Capital One credit card.  MacFarlane’s plea agreement calls for him to serve 364 days in the county jail as a condition of serving 5 years of probation.  MacFarlane will have to pay $150,000 in restitution to the owners of the Music Shop.  

MacFarlane was the President of the Florham Park Board of Education for 7 years, from 2002 to 2009.  He stepped down in October of 2009, citing personal reasons for his decision to leave the school board. 

The State was represented during the guilty plea by Morris County Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Francine S. Ehrenberg in this matter.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Financial Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office whose efforts contributed to this result.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected]

 

Juvenile Charged with One Count of False Public Alarm

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Mendham Borough Police Chief Pasquale G. Libertino announce today that a fifteen year old juvenile has been charged with one count of False Public Alarms, a crime of a third degree, related to an alleged threat towards the West Morris Mendham High School. 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Mendham Borough Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their collective assistance in this matter.

A juvenile complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the juvenile is presumed innocent unless and until each charge has been proved beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Enhanced Security Measures for West Morris Mendham High School

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Mendham Borough Police Chief Pasquale G. Libertino and Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford announce enhanced security measures that will be in place for the start of the school day on Monday, December 8, 2014, at West Morris Mendham High School in Mendham Borough, New Jersey.

Law enforcement authorities are pursuing an ongoing investigation into a threat towards the West Morris Mendham High School. As a result, added security measures will be put into place to ensure the safety of the students, faculty and employees at the school.

As this is an active investigation, no further information as to the nature of the investigation will be released until further notice.

Any press inquiries may be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].