FREEHOLD - A judge has sentenced Wall Township's former school superintendent to five years in prison for official misconduct and falsifying records.
The judge on Friday also ordered 58-year-old James Habel of Dunedin, Florida, to forfeit his pension benefits and right to hold another public office.
A jury in March found Habel guilty of lying about 105 vacation days he took but never reported.
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Jurors acquitted Habel of theft and destruction of files. The panel could not reach a unanimous verdict on charges of theft by deception and money laundering.
Habel earned between $145,000 and $225,000 as Wall's school superintendent from 2003 until he retired in 2012.
He has appealed his conviction, arguing his original lawyer had a conflict of interest because he was acting county prosecutor when Habel's investigation started.