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Morris County Prosecutor Michael M. Rubbinaccio announces the indictment against Kenneth Kohler, age 43, of Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey.Mr. Kohler was indicted on 37 counts of Forgery (3rd degree), 20 counts of Theft (4th degree), 1 count of Theft by a Fiduciary (3rd degree), one count of theft (3rd degree) and one count of Witness Tampering (3rd degree).According to Morris County Prosecutor Michael M. Rubbinaccio, Mr. Kohler is alleged to have stolen money in the amount of $8,665.00 from the Parsippany Police Athletic League (PAL) over diverse dates between February 8, 2001 and February 5, 2005 while he was acting as Treasurer for the PAL.The investigation revealed that he issued checks in the names of four individuals who had been PAL referees, endorsed their signatures and cashed or deposited the checks into his personal bank accounts and without authorization to do so.
Ex-PAL Treasurer Kenneth Kohler, 44, of Lake Hiawatha, gave a "conditional" guilty plea to theft from the nonprofit organization between 2000 and April 2005, and was admitted by Superior Court Judge Salem Vincent Ahto into Morris County's Pre-Trial Intervention program for first-time offenders.In May, then-Prosecutor Michael M. Rubbinaccio was adamant that Kohler be barred from PTI and the plea offers extended to Kohler ranged from 180 days in the county jail to three years in state prison.Kohler gave a generalized account of the crime to the judge, saying only that between 2000, and April 2005, he took $8,665 he was not entitled to while serving as PAL treasurer.Several months ago, Kohler repaid the $8,665, which he has never publicly explained why he pocketed.While on PTI, he must serve three years' probation, perform 50 hours of community service, and can never hold a job or volunteer in a capacity similar to the position he held for the PAL.Authorities said that Kohler issued fake checks in the names of four PAL referees and deposited them into five separate personal accounts he set up.When he knew he was under investigation, he allegedly tried to impede detectives by asking a witness to lie for him.Defense lawyer Gerard Hanlon had tried previously to get Kohler into PTI, saying it would help him land a job and get a fresh start if he could keep a clean record.Since the theft charges were filed, Kohler has lost two jobs, his wife wants a divorce, and he is struggling to raise two small children.
Daily Record - Parsippany - Treasurer of PAL charged with forgery
Police Athletic League Treasurer Kenneth Kohler has been charged with forging $7,705 in checks. Kenneth Kohler, 42, cashed or deposited 31 checks made out to two basketball referees, who never saw them between 2001 and 2005, Morris County Prosecutor Michael M. Rubbinaccio said.One of the referees, Richard Growe, told investigators in January that Kohler -- the PAL basketball director -- asked him to lie about the checks, Rubbinaccio said.Kohler was charged with forgery, theft, theft by a fiduciary and witness tampering, all third-degree crimes.>It was unclear exactly when Kohler was arrested.The jail had no record of Kohler on Friday evening.Earlier, a woman answering the phone at Kohler's home said he wasn't available.Kohler, who is married, is an accounts manager for the Party City Corp. in Rockaway, Rubbinaccio said.Kohler, according to the affidavit, told Growe he should tell police that he was given cash in lieu of the check.Kohler, interviewed by authorities on Feb. 16, said he had been the PAL treasurer for six or seven years.A total of 17 checks were deposited into three bank accounts belonging to Kohler, while another 11 were deposited into a fourth account that police believe was controlled by him.PAL board member Carmine Catalano said it had been no secret that the investigation was focusing on Kohler, who missed the past few board meetings and had voluntarily given up writing checks or making payments on behalf of the organization.There had been talk, not long ago, about formally ousting Kohler -- but Catalano said a majority of board members decided that such a step would be unfair in the absence of formal charges.
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Daily Record - Parsippany - Parsippany police chief ends long, hard career
A lengthy investigation overseen by the county prosecutor's office resulted in the arrest of former Treasurer Ken Kohler for allegedly misappropriating $7,705 in forged checks.