Ex-county jail PBA official gets 364-day sentence for stealing nearly $75k from union

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A former treasurer for the Hudson County Department of Corrections Police Benevolent Association has been sentenced to 364 days in jail for stealing nearly $75,000 from the organization, Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman announced. 

Hudson County Jail

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Noel Conyers, 49, of Maplewood, N.J., was sentenced to 364 days in the county jail and three years of probation by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Robert Mega in Hudson County, officials said.

He was immediately taken into custody to begin his jail term. Conyers must pay restitution in the amount of $74,887 and is permanently barred from public office or employment. He pleaded guilty on July 29 to third-degree theft by unlawful taking.

In pleading guilty, Conyers admitted that from approximately August 2008 through June 2013, he misused and misappropriated union funds entrusted to him as treasurer of PBA Local 109A, authorities said.

The thefts came to light in June 2013 when a new president of the local was elected. The new president discovered what appeared to be improper expenditures when he examined union bank account statements and then referred the matter to the Division of Criminal Justice, officials said.

The state’s investigation revealed that Conyers made numerous improper payments and withdrawals from union bank accounts using checks and debit cards.

The improper expenditures included clothing purchases, dining expenses, liquor purchases, payments for Direct TV, payments for golf equipment and fees in South Carolina, and even college tuition payments, court documents show.

Conyers is the second former Hudson County Jail employee to be sentenced to jail time in the past month, as Ex-Deputy Director Kirk Eady was given 21 months in prison for illegally wiretapping conversations with fellow corrections officers.