Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said today that the former borough recreation director has pleaded guilty for stealing in excess of $75,000 from the South Plainfield Recreation Department.

Kevin Hughes, 49, of North Plainfield, pleaded guilty on July 1, 2019, in New Brunswick Superior Court to one count of second-degree theft by unlawful taking.

Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Lorraine Sult, the defendant will be sentenced to a term of 3 years in a New Jersey State prison and must pay full restitution in the amount of $80,201.

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 In addition, Hughes will be required to forfeit his public employment and is banned from any future public employment.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick on August 30, 2019, before Superior Court Judge Pedro J. Jimenez Jr.

Hughes was charged following an investigation by Detective Craig Magnani of the South Plainfield Police Department and Detective Christopher Pennisi of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation, it was determined that between July 2013 and February 2019, Hughes collected fees for the South Plainfield Recreation Department and stole in excess of $75,000. He then utilized the funds for his own use.

Hughes held the position of director for the South Plainfield Recreation Department since August 1, 2006; he previously was the assistant director since June 1, 2005.