Morris County Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft of County Equipment

The Office of the Morris County Prosecutor announces that James Masker, 30 years old, of Mine Hill, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today to Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition in violation of N.J.S.2C:20-3(a), a Disorderly Persons Offense, in relation to his unauthorized taking of six (6) radios that belonged to the County of Morris.  The investigation revealed that the defendant, an employee with the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety, removed the radios from a storage area to which he had access, and then he distributed them to private individuals.  All of the radios have been recovered.  The investigation did not discover any evidence that any public safety agency or any public safety transmissions were compromised by the theft.
Today, the defendant surrendered and pleaded guilty before the Honorable James M. DeMarzo, J.S.C. He was sentenced to one year probation with a condition that he complete 25 hours of community service.  As part of the negotiated plea, the defendant resigned his position and was barred from any future public employment.
The Office of the Morris County Prosecutor would like to thank the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety, whose leadership and diligence first detected the theft.

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