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.
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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