NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A North Plainfield man, a former Rescue Squad Captain,  was charged with theft of  $10,000 after the emergency medical service organization had been disbanded, authorities said on Wednesday.

The arrest of Larry D. Lee, age 32, Stahls Way, North Plainfield, in relation to the theft of North Plainfield Rescue Squad funds was announced Wednesday by Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that a matter was referred to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office regarding concerns that funds provided to local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) within the County had been allocated to the North Plainfield Rescue Squad during the period of 2014 to 2018 and were being accepted and deposited even after the organization had been disbanded.

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Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation Unit conducted an investigation into this matter. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that Defendant Lee, who was the Captain of the North Plainfield Rescue Squad had been accepting and depositing purchase orders for his own benefit over a five year period totaling $10,000.00 after the emergency medical service organization had been disbanded.

As a result of this investigation, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Larry D. Lee was arrested and charged with 3rd degree Theft by Deception at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Defendant Lee was released pending a future court appearance. 

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Parenti request anyone with information relating to the theft to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Unit at 908-231-7100 or the North Plainfield Police Department at 908-769-2937, 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). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.