NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Two New Brunswick Parking Authority employees who were serving five-year sentences for failing to report or prevent other employees from stealing thousands of dollars in parking fees are heading back to court.
Emil Hanna, 64, and Emad Naguib, 56, both of Old Bridge, will be going back to court for resentencing after the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office successfully argued in appeals court that they should face the mandatory minimum terms.
It is the latest twist in the unusual case that dates back more 11 years. As TAPinto New Brunswick previously reported, Hanna, Naguib and other staff members allegedly involved stole $5,000 to $75,000 from automated payment machines and customers at the Lower Church Street Parking Deck and now-demolished Ferren Street Parking Deck between July 2007 and June 2010.
Several of the other Parking Authority employees took plea deals and testified against Hanna and Naguib.
A jury convicted Hanna, a security sergeant, and Naguib, a security officer, in 2013, but a Superior Court judge overturned their convictions later that year. The county prosecutor's office appealed that ruling and, three years later, an appellate court reinstated the convictions.
While the two men faced a prison term of up 10 years in a New Jersey state prison and were to serve a mandatory minimum term of five years with no chance of parole, a Middlesex County Superior Court Judge instead sentenced them on January 6, 2018 to a prison term of 5 years and were ordered to only serve at least two years in custody before they can be eligible for parole, according to a statement released by the county prosecutor's office Thursday.
The prosecutor’s office filed a second appeal, this time going to the Appellate Division to fight the two-year minimum and argue that the full five-year sentence should have been imposed.