PRESS RELEASE JUNE 28
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. -- Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced today that the former treasurer of the Pemberton First Aid and Emergency Squad was indicted on charges of stealing funds and also ordering equipment for personal use that was paid for with the organization’s money.
Brandon T. Morrison, (PHOTO) age 22, of 127 New Road, Tabernacle, N.J., was indicted on one count of Official Misconduct (Second Degree), Theft by Deception (Third Degree), Elements of Computer Theft (Third Degree), Wrongful Impersonation (Third Degree) and Misapplication of Entrusted property (Third Degree).
The alleged thefts occurred between February 2011 and October 2011, while Morrison was Treasurer of the squad’s administrative side and Captain of its operational side. He is accused of writing unauthorized checks to himself that totaled $3,690.
Morrison is further accused of purchasing items totaling nearly $1,200 with squad funds that were not approved by the organization’s Finance Committee. The items, which were from a law enforcement equipment supplier, included knives, handcuffs, a baton, a tactical equipment belt, a vehicle strobe light, a simulated pistol used for training and a weapon holster. The items were for personal use.
Another member of the squad, Jonathan L. Hinshaw, is accused of accepting a forged check made out to him in the amount of $485.75. Hinshaw, age 25, of 11 Talladega Trail in Browns Mills, New Jersey, pled guilty in March 2013 to Theft by Deception (Fourth Degree). Hinshaw was president of the organization when the theft occurred. He will be sentenced in September.
The indictment against Morrison was returned June 25, 2013. An arraignment will be scheduled soon in Superior Court in Burlington County. Both men served in a volunteer capacity. They were arrested in December 2011.
The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Pemberton Township Police Department, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation’s Unit.
An indictment is merely an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.