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Former Maple Shade First Aid Squad Chief Joseph J. Freed III Admits Stealing Agency Funds

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MOUNT HOLLY - Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that the former chief of the Maple Shade First Aid Squad admitted today in Superior Court to stealing more than $118,000 from the agency over a period of nearly seven years.

Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Joseph J. Freed III, 54, (photo above) of the 400 block of North Coles Avenue in Maple Shade, pled guilty to one count of Theft by Deception (Second Degree) in exchange for five years in New Jersey state prison. He must make restitution to Maple Shade township in the amount of $118,345.50.

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

The thefts for which Freed is charged occurred between April 2010 and February 2017. The investigation revealed that Freed made several withdrawals during that period from a bank account belonging to the First Aid Squad that was under his direct control.

Freed, who was the only member of the squad with access to the account, used the money to pay personal bills and to fund other personal expenses. The majority of the withdrawals were made using automatic teller machines.

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

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

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.