New Brunswick NJ Jan 8 2018 Two former employees of the New Brunswick Parking Authority were sentenced Friday to five years in prison for failing to report or prevent other workers from stealing thousands of dollars in parking fees.
Emil Hanna, 62, and Emad Naguib, 56, were indicted in 2010 with two counts of official misconduct, several counts of theft, and conspiracy to commit theft.
Authorities said Hanna and Naguib, who were security officers, failed to report or prevent thefts committed by other employees between July 1, 2007, and June 15, 2010.
The employees stole between $5,000 and $75,000 from automated payment machines and customers during their 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. shifts at the Ferren and Lower Church Street parking decks, according to authorities. The Ferren parking deck has since been demolished.
A jury in January 2013 convicted the two former employees of official misconduct after a 13-day trial before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz.
Hanna was acquitted of 12 other charges and Naguib was found not guilty of 10 other charges — including counts of official misconduct, theft and misapplication of entrusted property.
The convictions, however, were overturned by Ferencz, who is now retired. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office appealed that decision, and a two-judge appellate panel reinstated the convictions.
In addition to the five-year prison sentences, Hanna and Naguib were ordered to forfeit their employment at the New Brunswick Parking Authority and will no longer be able to hold a job in the public sector.