TRENTON – Attorney General
Anne Milgram and Criminal Justice Director
Deborah L. Gramiccioni announced that a former
employee of the state Department of Transportation
has been sentenced for using state-issued
credit cards to buy gas for his personal use.
According to Director Gramiccioni,
Kevin DeMatteo, 50, of Rockaway, a former
electrical mechanic for the DOT, was sentenced
Friday to three years of probation by Superior
Court Judge John B. Dangler in Morris County.
He was ordered to perform 250 hours of community
service and pay $577 in restitution. He forfeited
his state job and is permanently barred from
public employment in New Jersey. DeMatteo
pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking
on March 30.
In pleading guilty, DeMatteo
admitted that while out on workers’
compensation from May 6 to May 27, 2004 and
again from Dec. 13, 2006 to April 2, 2007,
he used state-issued Sunoco and Exxon credit
cards to make multiple gas purchases totaling
$577 for his personal vehicle and personal
The Department of Transportation’s
Internal Investigation Unit conducted an initial
investigation and referred the matter to the
Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.
Attorney General Milgram thanked
the Department of Transportation for its referral.
The investigation was conducted for the DOT
by Investigator Rochelle Harrison. The DCJ
Corruption Bureau’s investigation was
conducted and coordinated by Deputy Attorney
General Perry Primavera and Detectives Timothy
Herron and Harry Maronpot. Deputy Attorney
General Primavera prosecuted the case and
represented the state at the sentencing hearing.