The former chief of the Maple Shade First Aid Squad gets a sentence of five years in a state prison under a plea deal with Burlington County Prosecutors for stealing over $118,000.00 over seven years from the agency between April of 2010 and February of 2017.

Burlington County Prosecutors say Joseph J. Freed III, 54, would withdrawal the money from a first aid bank account, under his control, and use then the money for personal expenses.

He was terminated around the time of his arrest in May 2017.

The majority of the withdrawals were made using ATM's.

Freed admitted in Superior Court to stealing money from the agency and plead guilty to one count of Theft by Deception (Second Degree) in exchange for five years in a New Jersey state prison.

He must also pay restitution to Maple Shade Township in the amount of $118,345.50.

The case was investigated by detectives from Maple Shade Police Department and the Prosecutor's Office Financial Crimes Unit. The investigation was led by Maple Shade Detective Sergeant Scot Wallace and BCPO Detective Wayne Comegno.

The Hon. Charles A. Delehey scheduled sentencing for June 5.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Andrew R. McDonnell, supervisor of the BCPO Financial Crimes Unit.

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