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Two Mizpah Volunteer Firemen Charged with official misconduct, conspiracy and theft

MAYS LANDING- Two members of the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company are charged with official misconduct, conspiracy and theft, following the execution of a search warrant on Tuesday at the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

 

Pursuant to an ongoing criminal investigation, led by ACPO Detectives Michael Peterson and Mark Perna, on September 29, 2020, members of the ACPO/Office of Professional standards and Accountability and the Township of Hamilton Police Department executed a Search and Seizure Warrant at the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company in Hamilton Township. This official misconduct and theft investigation of MVFC members is connected to allegations of the creation of unauthorized account(s) at NAPA Auto Parts, using the MVFC funds and tax exempt status.

As a result of the investigation, following the execution of the search warrant on Tuesday, Craig Paxton, 38, (right) and Jay Davenport, 38, (left) are charged with the following offenses:

  • Official Misconduct 2C:30-2
  • Theft 2C:24-3
  • Conspiracy 2C:5-2

Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer represents the case in the matter. Paxton and Davenport were processed and released on complaint summonses. The first appearance is scheduled for Oct. 28, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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