Middlesex Borough Mayor Ronald DiMura has been indicted on charges that he stole $190,000 from local campaigns and then used a local charity he runs to launder the money.
In total, DiMura faces nine counts of theft, official misconduct, tampering with public records, financial facilitation of criminal activity, and misapplication of entrusted property.
DiMura lost his bid for re-election last month to Republican John Madden by a massive 64-36% margin.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal alleges that DiMura used his post as treasurer of the Middlesex Borough Democratic Campaign Committee to contribute about $190,000 to a local charity he runs between 2013 and last June.
DiMura then transferred most of that money to his personal and business accounts.
According to the indictment, DiMura also stole $75,000 from several investors after leading them to believe they were making loans to him that he would invest on their behalf. DiMura is charged with depositing those funds in his personal or business accounts and never investing any money.
The 63-year-old DiMura also faces official misconduct charges.
Grewal said that DiMura also used his mayoral position to solicit $10,000 in donations to the local charity from a developer.
“As mayor and as a local party leader, DiMura was trusted in Middlesex Borough,’’ said Grewal. “But DiMura repeatedly betrayed that trust, we allege, by misappropriating funds, abusing his office, and using a charity to hide his actions. We are determined to hold officials accountable if they break the law and corruptly exploit their public positions for personal gain.”
The charges stemmed from a referral by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.