FREEHOLD, NJ – A Marlboro volunteer firefighter pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $60,000 as treasurer to the organization. The theft took place over a period of approximately six years, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Chester A. Jameson, 52, of Pinetree Boulevard in Old Bridge, pleaded guilty to one count of third degree Theft by Deception before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman, P.J.Cr. In pleading guilty, Jameson admitted that between August 2009 and January 2015, he wrote more than 100 checks to himself, as well as checks payable to “cash,” totaling more than $60,000. Jameson committed these acts in his capacity as a volunteer firefighter and treasurer of the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company in Marlboro.
As part of the plea agreement, the State will recommend Jameson be sentenced to three years in a New Jersey state prison. As a public official, Jameson will be required to serve two years in prison before being eligible for parole. He has also been ordered by Judge Bauman to forfeit his position with the fire company and Jameson will be prohibited from holding any public office in the future. Jameson is also ordered to forfeit his pension and must pay restitution. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he will be required to pay $60,000 in restitution.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Lawrence Nelsen.
Jameson is represented by James Fagan, Esq., of Freehold.