EDISON - The Elizabeth Board of Education president was arrested this morning on charges of lying to obtain free federally subsidized lunches for her children, according to the state Attorney General's office.

Marie L. Munn, along with the ex-wife of a school principal and the husband of the district's supervisor of custodians, were arrested and charged with third-degree theft by deception and third-degree tampering with public records or information.

According to Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor, the three each allegedly falsified information on applications for the Elizabeth Public Schools Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program, which led to the theft of a total of more than $7,000 in free or low-cost lunches.

The charges came weeks after The Star Ledger reported that the three were all receiving free or reduced cost lunches for their children, despite high-paying salaries that exceeded income eligibility limits. Munn reportedly replied last week saying she was unaware her kids had been receiving free lunches until she had been contacted by a reporter.