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Ciattarelli: Lt. Gov. Guadagno Should Release Findings of Investigation into Alleged Double-Dipping, Pension Fraud Scandal

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno should publicly release the secret five-page memo containing findings by the Department of Criminal Justice (DCJ) resulting from its investigation into the pension fraud and double-dipping allegations in Monmouth County while Guadagno served as Sheriff, said GOP Gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th.

According to a report by respected investigative journalist Mark Laverquist at New Jersey Watchdog, Guadagno “made false and conflicting statements that enabled her chief officer, Michael Donovan, to collect an $85,000 a year pension in addition to his $87,500 salary.”

The PFRS Board of Trustees referred the matter to DCJ for investigation, stating that: “The concerns raised are that the taxpayers of New Jersey are being defrauded.”  (Source: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/01/05/state-shuts-door-on-guadagno-pension-fraud-probe-but-questions-remain/)

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While the Superior Court of the New Jersey Appellate Division ordered some records released after a lawsuit by Laverquist, the five-page memo with the findings of the investigation were sealed, and the probe ended without prosecution.

“Republican voters deserve to know the findings of this investigation,” said Ciattarelli.  “The Lt. Governor has a responsibility to clear the air on this troubling issue now. Republican voters need to know the truth. The fact is, if the Lt. Governor were to be the Republican nominee, Phil Murphy and the Democrats will hammer away at this issue relentlessly starting the day after the primary.”

Ciattarelli said that the Christie-Guadagno administration never appointed an independent investigator to look into the matter, and the conflict-of-interest posed because Guadagno was Deputy Director of DCJ prior to the probe and had supervised much of the staff that investigated the matter, raises more questions and suspicions.

“To say taxpayers hate double-dipping would be an understatement.  Lt. Governor Guadagno’s efforts to enable a political ally to double-dip is deeply troubling. For the good of the Republican Party and in the interest of full disclosure, it time for the Lt. Governor to come clean on this once and for all,” said Ciattarelli.  “Even Bill Spadea, one of Lt. Governor Guadagno’s biggest proponents, previously shined a light on this issue on his Chasing New Jersey program.” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLjq6cHLFx4)

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