Ronald J. DiMura, the former mayor of Middlesex Borough, pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing more than $75,000 from various local political campaigns. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that DiMura be sentenced to seven years in state prison. He will permanently be barred from public office and employment in New Jersey, must pay restitution of $83,372, and must forfeit the remainder of the funds he stole.
DiMura, whose term as mayor ended in December 2019, was indicted the same month after an investigation by the state attorney general’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA). He had served for seven years as treasurer for the Middlesex Borough Democratic Campaign Committee as well as for several campaigns of candidates seeking local office in Middlesex Borough. The OPIA investigation revealed that he used his position as treasurer for the campaigns and the party campaign committee to steal approximately $190,000 by making purported donations to a local charitable organization that he ran, while funneling most of the funds to his personal bank account or a business account that he controlled. The investigation also showed that DiMura stole over $75,000 from individual investors and that he used his position as mayor to solicit $10,000 in donations to the charity from a developer doing business with the borough, without disclosing that he intended to use the money for his personal benefit. Sentencing for the former mayor is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2021.
OPIA has a toll-free tip line, 1-844-OPIA-TIPS, for the public to report corruption. The office of the AG’s Anti-Corruption Reward Program offers up to $25,000 for tips leading to a conviction for a crime involving public corruption. Follow this link for information on the program.