The former payroll and benefits specialist for the Maple Shade school district faces four years in prison, for getting health insurance for his ex-wife through the Board of Ed for five years, and for paying a personal loan with district money.

Salvatore Yacovelli (Burlington Co. Dept. of Corrections)
Salvatore Yacovelli (Burlington Co. Dept. of Corrections)

Salvatore Yacovelli, 46, of Barrington, pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of insurance fraud, and thrid-degree count of official misconduct on July 19, according to the office of Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

Yacovelli is required to repay the district, he forfeits his pension, and he's banned from public sector employment in New Jersey once he's released from prison, according to terms of his plea bargain.

He is not detained, and his sentencing is scheduled for November 8. His ex, Gina Yacovelli, also of Barrington, faces pending charges of insurance fraud and theft.

Investigators learned that between December 2011 and November 2016, Yacovelli listed his Gina as his spouse in district forms. Insurance claims filed and paid in the five-year span totalled $47,239.08, authorities said.

They also determined that Yacovelli took out a $4,989.96 pension loan, and paid it off through a school district account.

Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Dennis presented the state's case, on information compiled by Maple Shade PD, School Resource Officer Misty Weiss, and the Prosecutor's Office..

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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