NJ Lawmaker Resigns, Admits To Stealing From Charity

Law360, New York (September 12, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT) -- New Jersey Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, D-Essex, resigned prior to admitting Thursday to stealing from a charity and filing false disclosure forms with the legislature to hide his theft, confessing on the same day a controversial tax bill he sponsored won final legislative approval.

Coutinho ended his nearly six-year tenure as an assemblyman after admitting in New Jersey state court that he stole approximately $32,500 from contributions to his family-run charity, the Bernadino Coutinho Foundation, according to the New Jersey attorney general's office.

State investigators reviewed the...
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