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Former Gloucester City Prosecutor Pleads Guilty

 

Paul Dougherty, a former Haddon Township Commissioner, who was also the municipal prosecutor in Gloucester City, Cherry Hill, Clementon, , and Medford was in an Atlantic County courtroom Monday facing charges that he left the scene of a car accident and was driving with an expired license, according to NJ.com . He pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of failure to report an accident and failure to exhibit a license, a court administrator said.

Last month, Dougherty, 48, pleaded guilty for accepting a $7,000 referral fee from a law firm after steering a disgruntled employee to a lawyer who successfully sued his own municipal government. In exchange for his guilty plea and resignation from his elected position -- a non-partisan three-person commission -- in Haddon Township, the state attorney general agreed to recommend probation instead of jail time.

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 The traffic violation, which occurred in Haddon Township, Camden County, was moved to Estell Manor, Atlantic County, a town of 1,700 residents in the Pine Barrens, to avoid potential conflict of interests in the counties in which Dougherty worked as a prosecutor.

His jobs as a prosecutor, all of which ended over the last three months, would likely have included prosecuting traffic violations, such as the ones he pleaded guilty to Monday.

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