Ronald J. DiMura, Democratic mayor of Middlesex County, New Jersey, was indicted Monday for stealing $190,000 from various local Democratic campaigns and laundering money through a charity.

The indictment against the 63-year-old mayor was conducted by a state grand jury as a result of an investigation by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA).

The investigation began with a referral from the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), as reported by My Central Jersey.

DiMura, who ended his term this year, served as treasurer of the Middlesex District Democratic Campaign Committee in addition to working on some other campaigns for candidates seeking local office.

According to the indictment, between January 2013 and June 2019, DiMura took advantage of his position as treasurer to steal nearly $190,000 after allegedly donating the funds to a local charity he runs.

According to Insider NJ DiMura’s charity only paid a small fraction of the funds for charitable purposes, while the rest was channeled from the organization’s bank account to his personal account or to a business account in his name.

The indictment indicates that DiMura also stole more than $75,000 from individual investors by making them believe they were lending funds that he would later invest on their behalf.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made the accusation public through a Twitter message:

“We won’t tolerate officials who exploit their positions & betray the public’s trust to benefit themselves. Today, the mayor of Middlesex Borough was charged with stealing $190k from local political campaigns & laundering the funds through a charity he ran.”

According to The Blaze, Grewal noted, “As mayor and as a local party leader, DiMura was trusted in Middlesex Borough. (…) 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 prosecutor concluded.

According to the indictment, Judge Mary C. Jacobson is in charge of the case and has so far assigned it to Middlesex County, where the defendant will have to appear in court on upcoming dates and then be prosecuted.

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