FREEHOLD, NJ — Alan Abraham of Belmar, former director of the Manasquan High School band, has admitted to stealing some $2,300 in band funds for his personal use between 2015 to 2016, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Abraham, 60, pled guilty on September 24 to one count of third-degree theft by unlawful taking before Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano.
Abraham was charged following an investigation that began in April 2017, after the office’s Financial Crimes Unit received a referral that Abraham received money designated for the benefit of the MHS Warrior Band.
The investigation revealed that he deposited checks and transferred funds totaling some $2,300 intended for the school band into his personal account and for his own personal benefit, the prosecutor’s office said.
As part of his plea agreement, the state will recommend that Abraham be sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $2,300 in restitution to the Manasquan Board of Education. Abraham, whose resignation was accepted by the Manasquan school board in May 2017, will also be barred from any type of future public employment.
He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Falcetano on December 3. The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Diane Aifer. Abraham is represented by Charles J. Uliano of West Long Branch.