NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a rare Saturday morning press release from City Hall, it was announced that two water utility employees have been suspended without pay, following a criminal investigation involving the state Division of Criminal Justice.

The employees have been identified as William Ortiz and Joseph DeBonis.

Ortiz has been criminally charged with bribery and official misconduct.  DeBonis has been charged with tampering with public records and official misconduct.

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Ortiz earns $46,864 and has been in the state pension system since June 1, 1998; DeBonis earns $42,108 and has been in the state pension system since August 1, 1994, according to state records. 

All follow-up questions have been directed to Capt. J.T. Miller of the New Brunswick Police Department, according to city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw. Miller responded via email to say the "investigation is ongoing so I cannot discuss any specifics which led to the charges. Any questions regarding the specifics of the investigation should be directed to the NJ Division of Criminal Justice."

The office of the state division reopens Monday morning.