NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former president and treasurer of a labor union at Rutgers University was sentenced today to serve four years in prison for stealing $176,000.

Shelby Hyman, 52, of Franklin Township, has been ordered by Superior Court Judge Benjamin Bucca Jr. to pay restitution in the amount of $176,0000 which she stole from AFSCME Local 176 between 2012 and 2018, according to a press release from Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet.

In October 2019, Hyman made a restitution payment in the amount of $10,000 and is responsible to pay an additional $25,000 upon her release from prison.

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At sentencing, Judge Bucca indicated that he wanted to send a strong message to demonstrate there are serious consequences for stealing entrusted money.

The sentenced was imposed after Hyman pleaded guilty on July 26, 2019, in accordance with a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet, to second-degree misapplication of entrusted funds, admitting that between January 1, 2012, and July 31, 2018, she stole funds that were entrusted to her as either president or treasurer of the union local and used the funds for her personal benefit.

The defendant was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Kevin Schroeck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department.

As TAPinto New Brunswick previously reported, Hyman worked at Rutgers' Hurtado Health Center. She was employed as a health technician and was arrested at work.