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Township Woman Faces Jail Time After Admitting To Stealing From Union

A 52-year-old township woman faces four years in state prison after she admitted July 26 to stealing thousands of dollars from a Rutgers University union.

Shelby Hyman pleaded guilty to one count of 2nd Degree Misapplication of Entrusted Funds, and admitted that she took money from AFSCME Local 176 for her personal use, according to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Hyman was a former president and treasurer of the local, according to the release.

In addition to the jail time, Hyman has agreed to pay back an estimated $176,653 to the union, according to the release. She has also forfeited her job at Rutgers and agreed to a permanent ban from public employment.

Hyman is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 18 by Superior Court Judge Benjamin Bucca, Jr., sitting in New Brunswick.

Hyman was charged on Dec. 11, 2018. Investigators determined that while serving as treasurer and president of the union, between January 1, 2012 and July 31, 2018, Hyman stole more than $75,000 from the union, money which she then put to her personal use, according to the release.

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