CHATHAM, NJ - Former Chatham Board of Education member, John Nonnemacher, told a federal judge that his mother had died in order to avoid the start of a trial, according to a published article by the New York Post. A private investigator discovered that his mother was still alive.

Phillip Messing reports in the New York Post that Nonnemacher was unprepared for the start of the trial and told his co-counsel, Jason Leventhal, to inform federal judge Allyne Ross that his mother had died to gain a continuance in the police brutality trial.

Leventhal had reported the death to the judge, but later hired a private investigator and discovered that Nonnemacher's mother was still alive.

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Nonnemacher had been charged by Chatham Borough Police with leaving the scene of an accident in November after hitting a fire hydrant with his vehicle. It was later learned that Nonnemacher had a history of driving with a suspended license.

In December, Nonnemacher resigned from the Chatham Board of Education and was recently replaced by new member Sal Arnuk.