– Attorney General Anne Milgram and
Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni
announced that the recreation supervisor for
the City of Perth Amboy pleaded guilty today
to stealing city funds which she used for
purchases for herself and former mayor Joseph
to Director Gramiccioni, Ana Pastrana, 49,
of Perth Amboy, pleaded guilty to an accusation
charging her with third-degree theft by unlawful
taking before Superior Court Judge Frederick
P. DeVesa in Middlesex County.
pleading guilty, Pastrana admitted that she
used city funds to pay off a credit card in
her name that was used to purchase personal
items for herself and former mayor Vas. The
credit card bills were paid using funds from
a bank account for the Perth Amboy Housing
Development Corporation that was under the
control of Jeffrey D. Gumbs Sr., who was city
director of human services and superintendent
of recreation under Vas. Pastrana admitted
that, at Vas’ direction, she used city
funds to pay for credit card purchases of
sneakers, beachwear and sportswear for Vas.
the plea agreement, the state will recommend
that Pastrana be sentenced to a term of probation.
She must forfeit all three city positions
she holds. In addition to being recreation
supervisor, she is a special education teacher
in the city schools and serves as Perth Amboy
Municipal Alliance coordinator.
must pay restitution to the city in an amount