NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former president and treasurer of a workers union, who was employed by Rutgers, has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $75,000 from the union.
Shelby Hyman, 52, of Franklin Township (Somerset), pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court to one count of second-degree misapplication of entrusted funds, admitting that she took funds that were entrusted to her as either president or treasurer of AFSCME Local 176 and used the funds for her personal benefit, according to a statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
Hyman took the stole the money between 2012 and 2018.
Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet, Hyman is to be sentenced to a term of four years in state prison.
In addition, Hyman agreed to repay the amount she stole from the union, currently estimated at $176,653.00. She has already forfeited her job at Rutgers and agreed to be permanently banned from public employment.
She is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 18, by Superior Court Judge Benjamin Bucca Jr. in New Brunswick.
Hyman was charged Dec. 11, 2018 following an investigation by Detective Kevin Schroeck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department.
According to police, Hyman was serving as treasurer and president of the union between Jan. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2018 when she stole $75,000 in union funds.
She then utilized the funds for her own personal use.
Hyman worked at Rutgers' Hurtado Health Center. She was employed as a health technician and was arrested at work.