ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor's Office, as detailed in a news release issued by the City of Summit, has charged former City of Summit Department of Community Programs assistant director James Colucci, Jr. with two counts of theft by deception in the third degree and one count of impersonation / theft of identity in the third degree.

On February 21, 2019, following an investigation of financial irregularities related to the Cornog Fieldhouse renovation project by the Summit Police Department, Colucci was put on unpaid administrative leave. He subsequently resigned from the City of Summit on March 4, 2019.

Colucci began work as a program supervisor in the Department of Community Programs on August 11, 2016. He was promoted to assistant director on July 1, 2018.

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“We are thankful to the Summit Police Department and Union County Prosecutors Office for its diligence in pursuing the criminal investigation,” said Summit Mayor Nora Radest.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.