MONTGOMERY, NJ - The site mananger of the Transcontinental Pipeline Company property on North Street in Belle Mead has been charged with stealing $20,000 from the company that was intended to pay real estate taxes, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Joo Kim, 63. of Smithfield Road in East Hanover Township has been arrested and charged with 3rd degree Theft by failure to make required disposition of property received, according to Robertson.

Robertson provided the following account:

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The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted by the Montgomery Township Police Department in October, 2017 regarding the reported theft of, in excess of $20,000 from Transcontinental.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit conducted an investigation which determined that Kim was hired by the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line in 2014 to manage their Belle Mead property. Kim’s responsibilities included maintenance of the property, as well as paying the quarterly real estate taxes with a check that the company would send him each quarter.

Kim was to pay property taxes to Montgomery Township on behalf of the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC. In August of 2015, defendant Kim failed to make payments to Montgomery Township for the property taxes.  From August of 2015 to October of 2016, defendant Kim failed to pay the property taxes for the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company’s property.

During this time period, defendant Kim received the sum of money required to pay these taxes from the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, according to Robertson.

Kim turned himself into the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday where he was processed and subsequently released on a summons.

Robertson requests that anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Montgomery Township Police Department at 908-359-3222 or via the STOPit app.

The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.