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Ex-school official sentenced for theft of GED fees


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A former central New Jersey school official who stole more than $26,000 in student GED application fees has been sentenced to a 364-day county jail term.

Patricia Ruggeri of East Brunswick must also make full restitution under the sentence imposed Wednesday. She had pleaded guilty in October to theft by unlawful taking.

The 36-year-old was a vice principal of adult education for the New Brunswick school district.

She was arrested in November 2012 after an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined $26,090 was taken between April 2011 and July 2012. The investigation started after Ruggeri went on leave and school officials detected discrepancies in student fees.

None of the students who paid application fees of up to $50 each was denied adult education services due to the thefts.