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For Immediate Release:  
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March 30, 2009  

Peter Aseltine
609-292-4791

Office of The Attorney General
- Anne Milgram, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Deborah L. Gramiccioni, Director

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Perth Amboy Recreation Supervisor Admits Stealing City Funds - She is second official to plead guilty to assisting former mayor Joseph Vas in thefts

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TRENTON – 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 Vas.

According 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.

In 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.

Under 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.

Pastrana must pay restitution to the city in an amount