Prosecutors: Ex-Spotswood mayor stole scholarship fund money to gamble

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(AP) - Authorities say a former New Jersey mayor stole money from a scholarship fund named for an emergency responder killed in the line of duty and used it to gamble in Atlantic City.

Middlesex County prosecutors say Nicholas Poliseno turned himself in Tuesday. The 39-year-old Spotswood resident is charged with theft, and it's not known if he's retained an attorney.

Authorities say the former Spotswood mayor stole the money in June 2016. But they haven't said how much money was taken from the Hinal Patel Scholarship Fund, which annually awards a scholarship to a Spotswood High School student.

The 22-year-old emergency medical technician was killed in July 2015 when the ambulance she was riding in was stuck by a car.

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