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...
To view the full article, register now.
Law360 Pro Say Podcast
Check out Law360's new podcast, Pro Say, which offers a weekly recap of both the biggest stories and hidden gems from the world of law.